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Replacement sought for Del. Tabb

October 20, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

LEETOWN, W.Va. -- Del. Bob Tabb's replacement in the West Virginia Legislature must come from the portion of the 56th delegate district in Jefferson County where the Democratic lawmaker resides, according to Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant's office.

Applications from individuals interested in being appointed to the House seat must be received no later than Saturday, Oct. 31, Everett "Ed" Boober announced Tuesday in a news release. Interviews by a four-member selection committee, which is comprised of Boober, the committee's chair, Kim Sencindiver, Alice Sudduth and a person to be selected by the Berkeley County Democratic Executive Committee, will be conducted Nov. 10 in Charles Town, W.Va., Boober said. The 56th district includes a portion of Berkeley County.

Jefferson County residents in voting precincts 22A and 22B, 25A and 25B, 26 and 28 may be eligible to apply for the House seat if they meet eligibility and residency requirements, according to Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan's office.

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Those interested must be registered Democratic Party members, at least 18 years old and residents of the 56th Delegate District in Jefferson County for one year, according to Tennant's office.

Gov. Joe Manchin must appoint one of three individuals nominated by the Democratic 56th Delegate District Executive Committee for the vacancy within five days after receiving their names, according to Tennant's office.

If the committee fails to submit any names to Manchin within 15 days after Tabb leaves office on Oct. 31, Manchin has the authority to appoint a legally qualified Democrat, according to Tennant's office.

Tabb, 57, of Leetown, W.Va., announced this week that he was stepping down after being appointed to serve as West Virginia assistant commissioner of agriculture. Tabb was first elected in 2002 to what was then a new district and his current two-year term expires Dec. 31, 2010. The district includes Leetown, Middleway and Summit Point in Jefferson County, then goes west into Berkeley County at Baker Heights and across Interstate 81, Tabb said.

Interested candidates can submit a letter of intent and résumé or questions to Boober via e-mail at edboober@comcast.net or via mobile phone at 304-279-6980.

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