As noted above, experience matters, particularly when electing a justice to serve on the state’s highest court. Kanawha Circuit Judge Joanna I. Tabit’s experience and professionalism make her the best choice to fill the other Supreme Court seat (Division 1).
Tabit, originally from Montgomery, actually worked for the Supreme Court under former Justice Thomas McHugh. She spent 22 years as a trial attorney, and also was a deputy attorney general for a while. She was to finish an unexpired term on the Kanawha Circuit Court and has since actually served as a substitute justice.
She is widely praised for her fairness, professionalism and knowledge of the law. Like Judge Thompson, she knows and understands judicial efforts that make a difference in the lives of people and communities, such as drug courts.
Judge Tabit would be a fair justice and bring respect and accountability back to West Virginia’s Supreme Court.