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School board incumbents hold onto seats in Jefferson and Berkeley counties

May 08, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County Board of Education incumbents William F. “Bill” Queen of Martinsburg and James R. “Ron” Gray of Falling Waters, W.Va., held sizable leads in their bids for election to four-year terms in Tuesday’s primary election, according to complete but unofficial results.

With 53 of 66 precincts reporting, Queen received 5,591 votes, Gray received 3,862 votes and challenger David L. Woods of Hedgesville, W.Va., received 2,947 votes in the nonpartisan race, according to tallies released by County Clerk John W. Small Jr’s office.

Queen has served on the school board since 1996 and board president since 2000.
Gray was re-elected after voters chose him in May 2010 to finish the unexpired four-year term of William “Bill” Norris.

In Jefferson County, W.Va., unofficial results Tuesday saw Mark Osbourn and incumbent Gary Kable beat out the four other candidates seeking the two open seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education.

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Osbourn, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., was the top vote-getter with 3,006 votes; winning the second seat was Kable, a Charles Town, W.Va., resident, with 2,132 votes.

The four other contenders, in order of their totals were:

Laurie Ogden of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., ran for the school board four years ago and made a second try Tuesday. Her total count was 1,922 votes.

Jim Jenkins of Harpers Ferry, a lifelong educator with 19 years in the local school district, won 1,480 votes.

Lori Stilley of Charles Town, a former Jefferson County School Board member who served as its president from 2002-06, got 1,234 votes.

Tom Delauney of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., who made his first try at elective office, ended up with 734 votes.

Osbourn retired this year after a 38-year career, including 23 years in Jefferson County. Kable ran for a second four-year term.

The primary represents the school board election. Members represent magisterial districts, but voting is countywide.

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