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Incumbents hold leads in Jefferson Co. delegate races

November 08, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Del. Bob Tabb, D-Jefferson, was ahead of Republican challenger Earl Wilbourne Tuesday night in the race for the 56th House of Delegates seat and Del. Locke Wysong was enjoying a comfortable lead over Republican Bob Adams in the 58th House of Delegates seat, according to incomplete, unofficial results.

With 14 of 30 precincts reporting, Wysong had 1,153 votes compared to Adams' 593 votes, according to returns.

The 56th House of Delegates district also extends into Berkeley County.

Late Tuesday night, Tabb had 1,545 votes compared to Wilbourne's 1,127, according to returns.

It was not clear how many precincts those numbers represented.

Higher pay for public school teachers, relief from rising property taxes and increased funding for schools were among the issues being highlighted by Tabb and Wilbourne.

Tabb, 54, of 1885 Darke Lane, Kearneysville, W.Va., is the owner of a local nursery and Wilbourne, 52, of 4828 Summit Point Road, Charles Town, is a minister and small business owner.

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Adams, 37, of 261 Falcon Ridge Drive, Charles Town, said he thought the state of public schools in the area was the defining issue in his race against Wysong.

Wysong, 33, of Charles Town, said his work on teacher salaries includes improvements in the step pay increase system. Lawmakers can now examine more comprehensive pay increases for teachers, Wysong said.

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