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Mauck leads Berkeley Co. Council race

May 08, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County Councilwoman Elaine C. Mauck received the most votes Tuesday among five Republicans vying for two seats in her bid for re-election, according to complete, but unofficial results.

With all 66 precincts reporting, Mauck received 3,155 votes compared to 2,423 votes for Steven C. Teufel in the Adam Stephen magisterial district and also received more votes than Edward “Ed” Wilson in the Potomac district, according to tallies released Tuesday night by County Clerk John W. Small Jr’s office.

James R. “Jim” Barnhart of Martinsburg, easily defeated Travis W. Mong in the Tuscorara District to advance to the general election.

Barnhart received 2,424 votes compared to 621 for Mong.

Wilson received 1,830 votes to finish fourth in the three-district race for two County Council seats on the ballot, according to Small’s office.

No more than one council member can be elected from a magisterial district.

To win re-election in November, Mauck must finish ahead of Barnhart or Democrat Mark T. Barney of Hedgesville.

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Barney, 33, defeated Larry Lam, 65, in the Potomac District for his party’s nomination Tuesday.

Lam received 2,497 votes compared to 2,787 votes for Barney.

Members of county council are elected to six year terms and receive a salary of $36,960.

Mauck was elected to a two-year term in 2010 as part of the county’s state Legislature-approved change from a three-member Berkeley County Commission to the five-member Berkeley County Council.

Mauck’s term was abbreviated to stagger the new seats that were added to the budget balancing arm of county government.

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