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Jefferson Commission race a see-saw battle

November 08, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - It was a see-saw type race Tuesday night between Democrat Frances Morgan and Jefferson County Commission member Jane Tabb in the race for the Middleway district seat on the commission, according to incomplete, unofficial results.

With 14 of 30 precincts reporting, Morgan had picked up 1,856 votes compared to Tabb's 1,655 votes, according to incomplete, unofficial results.

Early in the night, Morgan and Tabb traded wins in individual precincts, with Tabb doing well in precincts like precinct 12, which is Jefferson High School, precinct 7, which is Ranson Elementary School and precincts 23-A and 23-B, which is the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Summit Point, W.Va.

Morgan won in precincts like precinct 15, which is Harpers Ferry Middle School, precinct 14, which is Camp Hill Wesley Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry and precinct 6, which is the Senior Center in Ranson, W.Va.

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Population growth and how to manage it had been one of the central issues in the campaign and Morgan, 43, of 1373 Summit Point Road, Summit Point, said she was surprised by the large number of people who are concerned about how increasing development is changing the face of the county.

Morgan called for slowing the rate of home building.

Tabb, 53, of 922 Old Leetown Pike, Kearneysville, said the commission has been working on a rewrite of the county's land use laws by working with a firm known as Kendig Keast Collaborative.

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