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Barki, Jackson Claim Victories

May 9, 2012
By IAN HICKS - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Brooke County Democrats on Thursday chose Charles Jackson as their nominee for sheriff and Joseph Barki III as their nominee for county prosecutor.

With 2,165 votes, Jackson defeated opponents Michael Allman and Roger Garretson, who garnered 1,701 votes and 511 votes, respectively. Due to technical problems at the county courthouse, just 14 votes on one machine remained uncounted as of press time.

Both Jackson and Barki likely will be unopposed in November's general election, as no Republicans filed in either race.

Unofficial primary totals indicate Jackson, a 29-year law enforcement veteran, will replace outgoing Sheriff Richard Ferguson, who made an unsuccessful bid for county commission; Barki is expected to take over for Prosecutor David B. Cross, who chose not to seek re-election after more than 30 years in the position.

Jackson said he expects a smooth transition and noted his goals include implementing clear policies and procedures at the sheriff's department, exploring the addition of another deputy to the local drug task force and keeping resource officers in county schools.

He thanked family and friends for their support and noted running this campaign has been one of the more stressful experiences in his life.

"I've been involved in two shootouts. ... This has been the worst thing I've ever done," he said.

Barki, who currently serves as assistant county prosecutor, said he will push "aggressively" for substantial penalties against violent offenders and drug dealers. Curbing the drug problem, he added, should help alleviate other issues.

"A large portion of (local crimes) have some sort of drug or alcohol component," he said.

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