Jefferson Co. delegate race won't heat up until November

April 13, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Races like the 11-way battle for four seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education will draw interest in the upcoming May 9 primary election, but no contested races for state delegate seats in Jefferson County will occur until the Nov. 7 general election.

There will not be any contested races for Jefferson County delegate seats in the primary election because only one candidate has surfaced on the Republican and Democratic side for the 56th, 57th, and 58th House of Delegate seats.

Delegate terms are two years and the pay is $15,000 a year.

Del. Bob Tabb, D-Jefferson, is seeking his third term in the 56th delegate seat race, Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson, is seeking his eighth term in the race for the 57th delegate seat and Del. Locke Wysong, D-Jefferson, is seeking his second term in the race for the 58th delegate seat.

56th House of Delegates

Bob Tabb


Age: 54

Address: 1885 Darke Lane, Kearneysville, W.Va.

Occupation: Owner and operator of Town & Country Nursery and farmer.

Party: Democrat

Top issue: Achieving equity for the Eastern Panhandle, whether it's fairness in property taxes for residents or increasing pay for state workers like teachers, state troopers, and health and human resource workers, he said. High property taxes and low pay for state workers in the area have been ongoing issues. "We just have a different dynamic here in the Eastern Panhandle compared to the rest of the state," Tabb said.

R. Earl Wilbourne

Age: 51

Address: 4828 Summit Point Road, Charles Town

Occupation: Minister and small business owner.

Party: Republican

Top issue: Wilbourne said it comes down to getting the "local share" for the Eastern Panhandle. Local share could be regional pay for public school teachers or increasing the homestead exemption for senior citizens so they can get tax relief, he said. Getting property tax relief for seniors affects counties very little but goes a long way to help elderly property owners, Wilbourne said. "I think I'm really up to date on these issues," Wilbourne said.

57th House of Delegates

John Doyle

Age: 64

Address: P.O. Box 1607, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Occupation: Real estate sales and radio talk show host

Party: Democrat

Top issue: Doyle said his top issue is winning fair treatment for public school employees and state employees in the Eastern Panhandle. Specifically, Doyle said he wants some type of locality pay for the local workers and supports whatever plan would be the easiest to pass in the Legislature.

Bob Murto

Age: 57

Address: 887 Cherry Run Road, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Occupation: Retired from the U.S. Postal Service


Top issue:Murto said there are a number of issues important to him, like elimination of the food tax, but he said he is concerned about the plight of teachers in the Eastern Panhandle. Murto said he is troubled by the number of teaching vacancies in local schools because of teachers going to other states for higher pay.

58th House of Delegates

Locke Wysong

Age: 33

Address: P.O. Box 772, Charles Town

Occupation: Apprentice real estate appraiser

Party: Democrat

Top issue: Continuing efforts to boost funding for education in Jefferson County. Wysong said progress has already been made in the area when current-year state funding was increased to offset increased enrollment in local schools. Wysong said his focus now is to rework the school aid formula to increase funding for areas like teacher salaries and service personnel salaries.

Bob Adams

Age: 36

Address: 261 Falcon Ridge Drive, Charles Town

Occupation: Small business owner

Party: Republican

Top issue: While Adams said his campaign encompasses an "overall theme of change," he said one of his top issues is elimination of the state's food tax. Adams said the idea of taxing people for the food they eat is "repugnant, prehistoric." Adams said the state has enough of a budget surplus to offset the state funding that would be eliminated through the cutting of the tax.

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