Eastham Announces Candidacy for Commission
Rosanne Eastham, a Republican from Middlebourne, has announced her candidacy for Tyler County Commissioner. Eastham was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., and she received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Robert Morris University. Rosanne and her husband Dave, who is originally from Tyler County, moved to Middlebourne 22 years ago, where they have raised two sons – William and Randall.
Eastham has served as director of the Tyler County Public Library for the past 12-and-one-half years. As a result of her efforts, the tax-based funding for the library has increased from $1,500 a year to $32,000 a year.
Eastham also coordinated fundraising and procured funding from state representatives, the Stealey Green grant, and library patrons to add a 38 x 48 square foot structure to the existing library building and add bricks on the front of the building, furniture and bookshelves.
As library director, Eastham’s job duties include accounting, payroll preparation, filing payroll tax reports, assisting auditors with financial questions, reconciling bank statements, ordering and inputting books for patron use, and working closely with the library’s service center in Moundsville and the West Virginia Library Commission.
Under Eastham’s supervision, the library has become a major hub in Middlebourne for much more than book rentals. Eastham is often told the library is the first place patrons refer friends needing help with finding information, completing resumes and applications, filing federal paperwork, and even computer troubleshooting.
Prior to working at the library, Eastham spent many years volunteering with various Tyler County School organizations. She was the president of the Boreman Boosters and treasurer of the TCMS and TCHS Athletic Boosters.
“I have had the opportunity to meet and offer guidance to many Tyler Countians, and I have seen firsthand the determination many of us have to better ourselves, and those surrounding us,” Eastham said.
“If elected County Commissioner, I will be adamant on ensuring the residents of Tyler County are in prime position to act on their determinations and achieve all of their goals right here at home.”
Eastham also said that, if she is elected to the county commission, she would like to work with other county and state officials to improve Tyler County.
“Tyler County has many attributes to offer to businesses, and I would like to see a push to attract business to the area. The closeness to the river, rail and highway would make an ideal location for businesses.”
“If there were more business opportunities, we could bring our talented young people back to this area to move Tyler County forward,” Eastham said.