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Tabb, Wysong file for re-election

January 10, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Saying she has a track record that follows a "common sense approach," Jefferson County Commission member Jane Tabb filed papers Monday to run for re-election this year.

The Republican candidate filed for re-election to the Middleway, W.Va., district seat on the first day of the candidate filing period.

In Jefferson County, candidates for office may file to run for re-election this year until Jan. 27 at 7 p.m., Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan said.

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Candidates also may file until Jan. 28 at midnight, although to meet that deadline they must appear in person at the state Secretary of State's office in Charleston, W.Va., Maghan said.

When Democrat Frances Berry Morgan announced last year that she would run for the Middleway district commission seat, Tabb said she would run for re-election this year when her six-year term expires.

Tabb released a statement Monday announcing her candidacy.

Tabb said she does not represent a single point of view or advocacy group but seeks to evaluate all issues with an open mind, investigate the facts, and rely on her experience to reach decisions within the law.

"My campaign is based on my track record as a private citizen as well as a county commissioner that follows a common sense approach to the numerous issues facing our county," Tabb said in her statement.

Tabb has worked at farming, raising four children and now politics.

But it was not planned that way, Tabb told a group of Shepherd University students last March.

Tabb was talking to the students as part of a series of women speakers.

Tabb said public office never entered her mind but that was before an unusual occurrence at the family farm in 1991.

Tabb's husband, Cam, was raising hay in a field the couple owned next to the former Jefferson County Landfill along Leetown Pike when he noticed that vegetation was not growing in one section of the lot.

The discovery started a long controversy over pollution problems at the landfill.

Cam Tabb was persistent about getting state officials to take notice of the problem, and Jane Tabb eventually began attending Jefferson County Commission meetings to keep up to date on county government issues.

Also filing re-election papers Monday was Del. Locke Wysong, D-Jefferson.

Wysong holds the 58th District seat, representing the southeastern portions of Jefferson County and the municipalities of Charles Town and Ranson, W.Va.

"In addition to the many constituent services that I have provided to those living in my district, I have worked diligently to advocate the needs and concerns of Jefferson County and the Eastern Panhandle to my colleagues and have supported legislation that will positively impact Jefferson County and the state of West Virginia in the future," Wysong said in a news release.

Wysong is a member of several committees, including the House Education, Political Subdivisions and Industry and Labor/Economic Development and Small Business committees.

The primary election is May 9. The general election is Nov. 7.

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