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Tabb upset in Jefferson County

property tax levy passes

November 09, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Frances Morgan, the victorious Democratic candidate for the Jefferson County Commission, said Wednesday her win is reflective of how sensitive Jefferson County residents are about the rate of growth in the county.

In a close race with Jefferson County Commission member Jane Tabb that was not determined until the wee hours of the morning Wednesday because of problems with voting equipment, Morgan pulled out a win by collecting 6,344 votes to Tabb's 6,110 votes, according to complete, unofficial returns.

Morgan, 43, of 1373 Summit Point Road, Summit Point, W.Va., said during her campaign that she was surprised by the large number of people who are concerned about how increasing development is changing the face of the county.

Morgan said residents were speaking with one voice about how their quality of life "is going in the tank" and they are concerned about how growing residential development is affecting roads and services like police protection.

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Morgan supported protection of historic and sensitive environmental areas, greater public input on decision making, slowing the rate of home building and controlling traffic before it becomes unmanageable.

"I am pleased that my race turned into a referendum on development," Morgan said Wednesday afternoon. "The citizens have spoke on reform."

Tabb, who is finishing her first six-year term on the commission, said she thought the race would be close, but it was hard to tell.

"People don't come up to you and say, 'I'm not going to vote for you,'" said Tabb, 53, of 922 Old Leetown Pike, Kearneysville, W.Va.

"I'm disappointed, but we'll continue working for the county," said Tabb, explaining that her defeat will allow her to return to many of the volunteer jobs she has taken on over the years, like 4-H work.

In other Jefferson County races:

· Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson, collected 3,447 votes in the 57th District delegate race to defeat Republican challenger Bob Murto, who finished with 2,110, according to complete, unofficial returns.

· Del. Locke Wysong, D-Jefferson, picked up 2,855 votes to Republican Bob Adams' 1,827 votes for a victory in the 58th District delegate race.

· Del. Bob Tabb, D-Jefferson, collected 2,685 votes in the 56th Delegate district race to defeat Republican challenger Earl Wilbourne, who finished with 1,817 votes.

· An existing excess property tax levy for Jefferson County Schools, which generates about $15 million a year for teacher salaries, school maintenance, school nursing programs and other areas, was renewed when 8,487 people, or about 69 percent, voted for it. A total of 3,816 people, or about 31 percent, voted against it, according to returns.

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