CHARLES TOWN, W.Va.—Editor’s note: This is another in a series of Eastern Panhandle candidate previews that The Herald-Mail has run over the last several months. The announcements also will be posted on our website, www.herald-mail.com, through the West Virginia primary on May 8.
Reese Clabaugh, Republican candidate for Jefferson County Commission, believes that owning his own business for 26 years has given him insight on what businesses look for and need when moving to the county.
Reese, 51, of Kearneysville, W.Va., owns Reese’s Landscape Nursery on Mildred Street in Ranson, W.Va. He faces former County Commissioner Jane Tabb in the GOP primary on May 8.
The winner will face incumbent Commissioner Frances Morgan in the general election. Morgan, who is seeking a second-six year term, has no Democratic primary opponent.
County commissioners earn about $36,000 a year.
Reese pledges to work hard for county residents if elected. He said he will be “approachable, has no personal agenda and will do the right thing, even when it’s difficult.”
He said he will protect the taxpayers’ dollars with transparency and sound fiscal responsibility and make decisions based on the people and their ideas. “I would hope to build and sustain Jefferson County’s relationships with its municipalities and West Virginia and beyond to our neighbors in Virginia and Maryland,” he said in his campaign literature.
Reese said he would also focus his efforts on property rights by streamlining and reducing the county’s current permit and regulatory systems and attracting new business, especially information technology and manufacturing companies, “through an easier process of relocation.”
Lastly, Reese has is own thoughts of a “community-based vision” that encourages residents to get involved in local government, volunteer for organized community based functions like picnics, yard sales and clean-up events to can “get to know each other, need each other and care for each other.”
Reese and his wife, Tracey, live at 218 King St., Kearneysville.