CHARLES TOWN – Voters on Tuesday resoundingly returned Republican Jane Tabb to the Jefferson County Commission post she lost six years ago to Frances Morgan.
In a rematch of that 2006 race, Tabb captured almost 58 percent of the vote while Morgan, a Democrat from Summit Point, garnered a little more than 42 percent, according to unofficial results.
Tabb received 12, 178 votes to Morgan’s 8,905 votes, a much larger margin of victory than Morgan’s win over her six years ago.Tabb first won a seat on the five-member commission in 2000 — the county’s first female commissioner — but then lost to Morgan, who finished the 2006 race with 6,413 votes compared to Tabb’s 6,167.
“I am ecstatic,” Tabb said at the Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday.
She said she is looking forward to being back on the County Commission.
“I liked the job before, and I want people to be able to come to me with their problems, and I will work to solve them,” Tabb said. “I will listen to all views.”
This time around, Tabb campaigned as the “common sense” candidate and vowed to spend county money wisely.
Tabb, 59, and her husband Cam Tabb raise beef cattle and other goods at Vinemont, the family farm in Kearneysville that’s been in his family since 1851. The native of Wheaton, Md., holds a bachelor’s degree in dairy science from Virginia Tech.
She also is the founder of Fresh Feast on the Farm, a specialized catering business that since 2008 has showcased local foods and farms and since 2007 has worked as a program assistant with the West Virginia University Extension Service in Kearneysville.
In the May 8 Republican primary, Tabb bested political newcomer Reese Claybaugh, winning 1,401 votes over Claybaugh’s 1,027, according to unofficial results.
Morgan, 49, had no opponent in her party’s primary. Morgan, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University and a law degree from Georgetown University, worked for a D.C. law firm, where her tasks included land-use issues.
Tabb will join fellow Republicans Patsy Nolan and Walt Pellish
and Democrats Dale Manuel and Lyn Widmyer.