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Berkeley County businessman withdraws candidacy for county council

February 08, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Berkeley County businessman has withdrawn as a candidate for Berkeley County Council in the May 8 primary election.

Melvin D. “Sonny” Spurgeon, 66, of Martinsburg, said he wanted to apologize for disappointing anyone who supported his bid for a council seat.

After considering the demands of his trucking business and farming operation, Spurgeon concluded that it would be for the “betterment” of his family not to seek election.

“In order to change what’s going on, you’d have to throw them all out of office and start afresh,” Spurgeon said.

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Spurgeon, who filed as a Republican, also said he is not a politician and not one to be part of any one “clique” or group, and doubted whether his “straight-forward” manner would be well-received. 

Spurgeon’s withdrawal from the council race leaves seven candidates vying for two seats in the election.

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