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MARTINSBURG — With the unofficial count for all Berkeley County votes released at approximately 11:30 p.m., Elaine Mauck and James “Jim” Barnhart were elected to the Berkeley County Council. Mauck received 20,265 votes; Barnhart received 18,723 votes; and Mark Barney received 16,397 votes. All results are unofficial until the votes are canvassed Nov. 13. Incumbent candidate Mauck, receiving 37 percent of total votes, said she appreciates the confidence residents have placed in BY EDWARD MARSHALL her, especially since there is more she feels pendent party affiliation. He won a total of JOURNAL STAFF WRITER is left for her to do. 5,056 votes. “I hope to finish what I started, particuThe remaining 2.59 percent of the vote, or MARTINSBURG — Incumbent Berkeley 930 votes, went to write-in candidates, one larly concentrating on the fiduciary overCounty Sheriff Kenneth “Kenny” Lemaster of whom was John Orem. Orem, a Republi- sight of these committees that the Berkeley Jr. won a second four-year term as sheriff County Council is responsible for,” Mauck can, lost a close race to Barbour in May’s after garnering the most votes in Tuesday’s said. Republican primary. general election. This term will be her first full six-year Lemaster’s service with the Berkeley With all 66 Berkeley County precincts County Sheriff’s Department began in 1977 term. She previously served a two-year reporting, Lemaster, a Democrat, secured term after the decision was made in 2010 as a uniformed patrol officer. In 1982, he 45.45 percent of the vote and earned a total was promoted to corporal and shift supervi- to increase the Berkeley County Council of 16,331 votes, according to the unofficial sor until 1989, when he earned the rank of from three members to five. results. When Berkeley County Council Presisergeant and became an investigator in the “I’d like to thank all the people that did department’s Criminal Investigation Section. dent Bill Stubblefield chose not to run for vote for me. I believe it was a tough race reelection, an opportunity emerged for a In 1991, Lemaster was promoted to lieuwith the presidential race, especially in tenant in charge of investigations for approx- new member to join the council. Berkeley County, but I do appreciate the With 34 percent of total votes, Barnhart imately seven years. In 1998, he transferred support and help I’ve got from not only the will fill Stubblefield’s vacated seat, beginto the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent people who voted for me but for the people ning January 3, 2013 — the first council Crime Task Force before returning to the who helped me put up signs, that camdepartment in 1999 as investigative supervi- meeting in January. paigned for me, that made donations and “I plan to conduct the business of Berkesor and an administrative officer within the donated their time to help me put up and take department. ley County the best way possible … get to down many signs in Berkeley County. A big In 2000, he was promoted to captain over know the position, get to know the people,” thanks to all them,” Lemaster said. Barnhart said. the entire department and was appointed to His Republican challenger, James W. Bar- the position of chief deputy sheriff in 2001, Barnhart does not credit any one aspect bour, received 37.89 percent of the vote, in which he served until 2008 under former of his campaign as swaying voters, but the winning a total of 13,612 votes. overall combination of his experience, Sheriff Randy Smith. “I want to thank everybody that came out familiarity and knowledge of the county Barbour was born and raised in Berkeley and supported me, and I plan on running and his belief in his slogan, “Build a Better County. In 2009, he retired from the U.S. again in four years. I appreciate all the supBerkeley.” Army with 25 years of service. During his port and all the help I got from everybody,” service, he was a military police officer and In the race for Berkeley County assessor, Barbour said. Republican Larry Hess quickly established worked as a military police operations serPlacing third in the race was Carlton geant. He also has a degree in administration a lead over Democrat Shawn Conaughty. “Cootsie” DeHaven, who received 14.07 Hess received 21,913 votes or 63 percent and operational field and law enforcement. percent of the vote. DeHaven, a registered He is presently a security contractor with the of total votes, and Conaughty received Republican, didn’t run in the May primary, 12,789 votes or 37 percent of votes. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. but obtained enough voter signatures to This election was Hess’ second attempt The results won’t be official until the canappear on Tuesday’s ballot with an Indeto be elected to Berkeley County assessor, vassing of the vote Nov. 13. first running in 2004. Hess said having

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experienced both the winning and losing side of the race, he is thankful for the residents who voted for him, stating “it feels twice as good.” “It feels wonderful. … It’s something you’ll remember your entire life,” Hess said. Hess has been an employee in the Berkeley County Assessor’s Office for 25 years and said he is excited to explore a new aspect of working in the Assessor’s Office. — Staff writer Samantha Cronk can be reached at 304-263-8931, ext. 132, or scronk@journal-news.net.

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CHARLES TOWN — The only seat up for grabs on the Jefferson County Commission will be turned back over to Jane Tabb for the next term, according to the complete but unofficial election results released Tuesday evening. Tabb upset Democrat Frances Morgan, recieving 12,178 votes to 8,905 for Morgan. She previously served on the county commission from 2001-06. In the 2006 election, Tabb lost the position to Democrat Frances Morgan. “I am just ecstatic,” Tabb said in reference to her re-election. Republican Tabb lives in Kearneysville and works on her family’s farm. She is a program assistant for the West Virginia University Extension Service in addition to running a catering service. A pollution problem on her farm from what used to be a nearby landfill led to Tabb’s interest in county government. “In the midst of trying to solve the problem on the farm, I started attending county commission meetings. I just became very interested in local politics, and I have no ambition to go any further, I really enjoy being home at night and seeing my husband every day,” Tabb said after her win Tuesday night. Tabb said one of the first things she plans on doing when she returns to the commission is to become familiar with her fellow commissioners. Other than Commissioner Dale Manuel, the remaining three seats are held by different representatives than those who served on the commission during Tabb’s previous term. “I need to make sure things are where I think they are, and I’m sure there are some things that I need to learn — changes to ordinances and the beginnings of the comprehensive plan. I’m just very eager to get to work,” Tabb said. Tabb said she wants members of the community to know they are able to contact her with any questions and concerns they

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might have. Even if she is not able to fix the problems, she said that helping people find answers and just listening are things she enjoys. “I really want to represent all the citizens. I feel there is a silent majority out there going to work every day, getting their kids to do their homework and taking care of elderly parents — they do not know what’s going on in the county; they just don’t have the time. Those are the folks I want to represent,” Tabb said. According to Tabb, Jefferson County has a bright future and she said she is looking forward to getting to work on making sure that it is the brightest future possible. In the assessor race, Democrat Angela L. Banks, the incumbent candidate, won with 11,228 over challenger Gary Dungan’s 9,483. — Staff writer Michelle Horst can be reached at 304-725-6581 or mhorst@jour nal-news.net.

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