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Morgan County primary winners look ahead to Nov. election

May 13, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Todd Farris won the Democratic nomination in the Morgan County Commission race with 42.6 percent of the votes.

He defeated Tony Lynch, who received 31 percent and Barbara Tutor, who received 26 percent of the votes.

At the general election in November, Farris will face off against Republican nominee Bradley Close, who ran unopposed in Tuesday's primary election.

Farris, 46, said Tuesday night he knows he has a lot of work to do and will continue to knock on doors and talk with people in the county.

On Wednesday, Farris thanked those who turned out to vote for him, and asked for the support of the Democrats he defeated on Tuesday.

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"I'd like the support of both Tony Lynch and Barbara Tutor and hope they do what they can to help us win in November," he said.

Close, 29, who received 985 votes on the Republican ballot, said Wednesday, "I'm very humbled by the people who turned out to vote for me."

He said his steering committee will meet this month to determine strategy, but "I'm looking forward to knocking on the doors of my fellow Morgan Countians to learn of their concerns and hopefully persuade them to join our team," Close said.

"Our county has become very divided and I want to bring it back together," he said.

Two Morgan County Board of Education incumbents and one newcomer were the top three votegetters in the nonpartisan race and will begin serving their four-year term July 1.

Incumbent David Ambrose received 1,163 votes, and newcomer Aaron Close won 1,320 votes. Both reside in Magisterial District 3 in Berkeley Springs.

"I am excited and definitely humbled by the turnout," Aaron Close said Wednesday.

"My hope and plan is to live up to the voters' expectations and serve the school system well. I am ready to dive in and become engaged in the management and governance of the county's schools," he said.

Ambrose said Wednesday, "I'm humbled and honored the citizens of Morgan County chose me to serve another term. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board, staff, citizens and students to make a good school system even better."

Incumbent Eric Kidwell of Magisterial District 1 received 716 votes. He resides in Paw Paw (W.Va.) Board member Larry Omps holds the second seat in District 1.

Board president Laura Smith holds the seat in Magisterial District 2. She and Omps do not run for re-election until 2012.

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