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Incumbent Jefferson County Commission member Frances Morgan, a Democrat, has filed for a second four-year term on the county board.
Morgan, 48, owns Almere Farm at 1373 Summit Point Road, Summit Point, W.Va.
Jefferson County is divided into five magisterial districts — Middleway, Charles Town, Kabletown, Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry. Each is represented by one of the five county commissioners, but all are elected at large, meaning voting is countywide.
Morgan represents the Middleway District. Hers is the only open seat in the 2012 election.
County commissioners earn about $36,000 a year.
Morgan is unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary. She will face the winner of the Republican primary in the general election in November. The GOP primary candidates are Jane Tabb and Reese Clabaugh.
If Tabb wins, it will mean a rematch since it was Morgan who took Tabb’s seat on the commission in 2006.
“It was amazing to be elected once, but it’s different running for re-election,” Morgan has said. “The first time you’re taking a chance, but running for re-election means the voters can evaluate your record and pass judgment.”
Morgan said citizens are aware of the challenges facing the county. “We have unparalleled resources here — our residents, our beautiful land and our history. We owe it to voters to act wisely and balance competing and conflicting goals. I strive to represent all citizens. I believe my background and education bring a unique set of skills to the commission’s deliberations.”
She said her focus is on smart growth for the county, not “anything goes” growth or “no” growth.
Her county commission duties include membership on the boards of Farmland Protection, Community Criminal Justice, Workforce Investment and the Jefferson County Health Department. She is the commissioners liaison on the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission.
Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University and a law degree from Georgetown University.
She has three children, Sarah, Cyrus and Rebecca.