MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Two weeks after his narrow defeat in the primary election, John Orem re-entered the race Tuesday for Berkeley County sheriff as an official write-in candidate.
Orem, 43, of Inwood, W.Va., was defeated on May 8 by fellow Republican James W. Barbour of Martinsburg. Barbour finished with 2,777 votes, ahead of Orem’s 2,751, according to official results released by Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small’s office.
“Many ask how do I think I can win as a write in, and I know being a write in is a challenge. But the people in this county need a change for the positive,” Orem said of his decision to file, which was confirmed by the Berkeley County Voter Registration office.
“I have a very motivated base (of supporters) and I believe the only reason I am not currently the Republican nominee is because my base was sure that I would win 3 to 1 and felt no need to vote in the primary,” Orem said.