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Primary day in W.Va., is a banner day for Faircloths

May 09, 2012|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. — If Larry W. Faircloth wins a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates in November he’ll follow a path set by his father, Larry V. Faircloth, who served in the House for nearly a quarter of a century.

The son, Larry W. Faircloth, 41, of Inwood, W.Va., won the Republican primary for the 60th District Tuesday by beating Gary W. Kelly, 682 votes to 582.

Meanwhile, Larry V. Faircloth, 63, also of Inwood, was unopposed in his bid for the office of state auditor in Tuesday’s Republican primary. He will face incumbent Democrat Glen B. Gainer III in November.

This was Larry W. Faircloth’s first run at politics, but he said he’s always felt comfortable in the political arena.

“I grew up around politics. I was under its influence from the time I was 8-years-old, but I never considered running myself until about a year ago.

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“I’m proud of my father, but my decision to enter politics had nothing to do with him,” he said.

“I made it because of what I was seeing. I’m a small businessman, and small businesses are struggling in this economy. I thought with my knowledge and experience, I could see some solutions,” he said.

Larry W. Faircloth also recognizes that he gets a political bump from his father’s name recognition.

“It helped,” he said. “People came up to me and said that if I accomplished half of what he did I would accomplish a lot.”

Larry V. Faircloth served 12, two-year terms in the House of Delegates before stepping down in 2004.

He handed down some Faircloth political savvy to his son.

“I told him, ‘Serve your constituents well. Take care of them. This is not about you, it’s about the people you represent.’ I told him to help the educational system, encourage economic growth and take care of the infrastructure.”

There was no Democratic opponent on the ballot in the 60th District primary. The Democrats could appoint someone to run against Larry W. in the general election.

Nearly 17 percent of the 65,217 registered voters in Berkeley County cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary, according to the county’s voter registration office. The number is up slightly from previous primaries where 12 percent and 13 percent are usually reported, said Bonnie W. Woodfall, chief deputy clerk.

Jefferson County reported a similar turnout of nearly 18 percent of that county’s 34,906 registered voters, Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan said.

“That was low compared to the last presidential primary in 2008,” she said.

In Morgan County, a little better than 25 percent of the county’s 11,508 registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday, according to unofficial results from County Clerk Debra Kesecker.

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