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Tabb gets the nod in 56th District

November 06, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Democrat Bob Tabb was on his way to defeating Republican Jim Whitacre in the race for a new state House of Delegates seat Tuesday, according to unofficial returns.

Tabb picked up 1,890 votes compared to Whitacre's 1,742 votes in Tuesday's election, according to complete, but unofficial returns. In Berkeley County, Tabb received 639 votes and Whitacre received 1,234 votes.

Tabb was headed toward a new job in Charleston representing the 56th District that stretches from Leetown and surrounding areas in Jefferson County to Pikeside, areas around the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, Baker Heights and the Arden area in Berkeley County.

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It has been difficult to convince lawmakers in other parts of the state to consider issues that Tabb believes are important for the Eastern Panhandle, such as regional pay for state employees and more funding to pay for projects in the rapidly-growing area.

But that doesn't bother Tabb, 50, of Route 1, Box 585, Kearneysville.

Tabb said he was running because he thinks he can be a strong voice in Charleston to represent the needs in the Eastern Panhandle.

Whitacre, 40, of 3829 Winchester, Ave., Martinsburg, said there needs to be someone in Charleston to be watchful of legislation that could have a significant impact on the Eastern Panhandle.

An example is legislation passed last year that allows 4-year-old children the ability to enroll in pre-kindergarten classes, Whitacre said.

Whitacre was worried how such a program will affect Berkeley County, which is already staying busy building new schools to keep up with student population growth.

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