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Incumbents win sheriff primaries in Jefferson, Berkeley counties

Shirley wins primary showdown with former Jefferson County sheriff

May 08, 2012

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Jefferson County Sheriff Robert E. “Bobby” Shirley won the Democratic nomination for sheriff Tuesday with 2,217 votes, topping the 1,221 votes won by former two-term Sheriff Ed Boober, according to final but unofficial returns.

Shirley succeeded Boober in 2008 in the job.

Shirley will move on to the Nov. 6 general election to face Republican Earl Ballenger of Millville, W.Va. Ballenger was unopposed in the GOP primary.

Boober served as sheriff for eight years from 2000 to 2008.

Shirley, 60, retired after a 25-year career in the department before he ran for sheriff.

Jefferson County sheriffs earn $44,800 a year plus 15 percent commission on all delinquent taxes collected.

Lemaster defeats Democratic challengers; GOP vote close

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth “Kenny” Lemaster was well ahead of two Democratic challengers in Tuesday’s primary election in his bid to win a second term, according to complete, unofficial results.

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With 66 of 66 precincts reporting, Lemaster of Martinsburg received 2,757 votes, Charles “Chip” O’Roke of Martinsburg received 807 votes and Michael W. Cox II of Bunker Hill, W.Va., received 713 votes, according to unofficial results released by County Clerk John W. Small Jr.'s office Tuesday night.

In the Republican race, James W. Barbour of Martinsburg led John Orem of Inwood, W.Va., receiving 2,770 votes compared to 2,744 votes cast for Orem.

The Berkeley County sheriff is elected to a four-year term and receives a salary of $48,880.

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