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Close Races in Jefferson County Primary Elections

Sheriff and County Commission have tight match-up.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County primary elections had some tight match-ups Tuesday, particularly in the County Sheriff and Harpers Ferry County Commission races.

In the County Commission race, Republican Eric Bell came out on top against Peter Onoszco, a candidate whose name has been on the ballot for quite some time.

"Well I think the people are ready for a little bit of a change," Bell said. "It's time to bring in a new generation, and no more politics as usual."

The County Sheriff's race was even closer. Republican Steven Sowers beat out Brian Parrish by just 13 votes. Sowers says he's ready to take on County Sheriff with the help of the public.

"There's a big agenda, Sowers said. "As long as I can get their support by November, I think they will be happy with the agenda that I have set up for the county"

A match up that wasn't so close was the House of Delegates 67th district. Republican candidate Patricia Rucker won 69 percent of the votes as her opponent, Matthew Harris came up with just 30 percent.

Non-partisans Kathy Skinner, Scott Sudduth and Laurie Ogden all received the most votes for the Board of Education.

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