CHARLES TOWN Robert “Bob” Tabb, a fourth-generation farmer in Jefferson County, lost in his bid to become West Virginia’s next Commissioner of Agriculture.
Several Democrats were vying to replace Gus Douglass, who is retiring after serving for more than four decades in the post.
With about 80 percent of the state’s precincts reporting at presstime Tuesday night, longtime state lawmaker Walt Helmick of Pocahontas County led the Democratic field.
Finishing farther back were Tabb, Kanawha County conservation disrict leader Sally Shepherd, assistant Agriculture Commissioner Steve Miller, and Jim Messineo, who recently retired from the state agency.
There were no Republicans seeking the office.
Tabb, a former state House of Delegates member who has worked in Charleston as a deputy commissioner to Douglass since late 2009, said Tuesday that he felt at peace with his efforts to win the primary.
“There’s nothing I’ve said or done in this race that I have any regrets about,” Tabb said. “I’ve prayed enough about this that I know that whatever the outcome, it’s God’s will.”