CHARLES TOWN – November’s race for a seat on the Jefferson County Commission will repeat the 2006 matchup between Republican Jane Tabb and incumbent Democrat Frances Morgan.
The race redux comes thanks to former commissioner Tabb’s win over Republican opponent Reese Clabaugh in Tuesday’s primary.
Tabb defeated Clabaugh by a margin of 1,401 votes to 1,027. Morgan didn’t have a primary opponent.
Tabb served as commissioner until Morgan unseated her in a tight contest six years ago. As she awaited election results at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Tuesday evening, Tabb said that she’s been frustrated watching the current commission. She said she would like to see the county “headed in a more positive direction.”
If voters return her to a position on the five-member commission, Tabb said she will focus on prudent fiscal management of the county’s budget.
“I hear from citizens who are frustrated too,” she said. “With the money we have from [Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races] and impact fees for capital improvements, we should be able to adjust our budget without putting more of the burden onto taxpayers.”
Once ballots from all the county’s precincts had come in, Tabb said she was “ecstatic” about her victory. “I’m charged up and ready to move forward to the general election,” she said.
Clabaugh, the owner of Reese’s Landscape Nursery, had never sought political office before. During the campaign, he said he believed his business expertise would make him effective in promoting growth in the county.