Incumbents unofficially sweep Carroll County


Race for Fancy Gap District School Board decided by two votes

By Allen Worrell - aworrell@thecarrollnews.com



Election Official Lacy Gates at left, “stickers” Stewart Hawks after he voted on Tuesday morning at St. Paul School. Hawks’ children, Alex and Brooklynn, accompanied their father and also received stickers. Gates marked his 55th year as an election officer this Fall. He said he remember when voting in the Cana area was once done in a chicken house (which was heated by a pot-bellied stove).


David Broyles | The Carroll News

Election Official William Towe gets ready to hand a ballot to a voter. Officials at St. Paul reported 131 (eleven percent of registered voters in the area) had voted by 9:52 a.m., a bit heavier turnout compared to the same time in 2013. Seventy-nine year old election officer Lacy Gates said he has seen a lot of changes during his 55-year tenure. He said his pay for the first day on the job at the polls was ten cents.


David Broyles | The Carroll News

Election Officer Brenda Leftwich sets up an “Express Vote” machine at St. Paul. She said Express Vote is another way local voters with disabilities may still cast their ballots. The turnout looked good on Tuesday morning at the school with 131 citizens voting by 9:52 a.m.


David Broyles | The Carroll News

It appears to be a good night for incumbents in Carroll County as all local candidates seeking re-election have unofficially won.

With all 19 precincts unofficially reporting on the Virginia Department of Elections’ website, incumbent Pipers Gap District Supervisor Thomas W. “Tom” Littrell and incumbent Carroll County School Board members Joey D. Haynes (Fancy Gap) and Sanford G. “Sandy” Hendrick (Laurel Fork) have unofficially won their races.

The four-way race for the Fancy Gap District seat on the Carroll County School Board was incredibly tight with incumbent Haynes unofficially finishing with two more votes than challenger Phillip W. Berrier (500 votes to 498 votes). Gina S. Hall received 233 votes in the race, Patricia S. Sebens garnered 200 votes and there were seven write-in votes. With such a close margin, a recount could be possible in this race.

Hendrick also held on to his school board seat in the Laurel Fork District as he unofficially defeated challenger Virgil S. Hall 918 votes to 816 votes. There were also seven write-in votes in this race.

Littrell faced a challenge for his seat on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors in the Pipers Gap District from Phillip G. Boatman, Sr. Littrell appears to have won the race by a wide margin with 1,167 votes compared to Boatman’s 432 votes. There were also seven write-in votes in this district.

In uncontested races, Phillip R. McCraw and Joe Neil Webb have won seats on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors. In Fancy Gap, McCraw received 1,168 votes or 91.46 percent. There were a high number of write-in votes in Fancy Gap with 109 (8.54 percent). Webb received 1,543 votes or 98.22 percent in the Laurel Fork District against 22 write-in votes.

Brian E. Spencer ran unopposed for the Carroll County School Board in the Pipers Gap District. Spencer received 1,387 votes (97.74 percent) against 32 write-in votes.

In what looks like will be a Democratic sweep across Virginia in statewide races, Carroll County voted heavily for Republicans. In the race for Governor, 6,359 voters cast ballots for Republican Edward W. “Ed” Gillespie (76.9 percent) compared to just 1,836 votes for Democrat Ralph S. Northam (22.2 percent). In the race for Lt. Governor, Republican Jill H. Vogel took 6,440 votes in Carroll County (78.52 percent) to 1,759 votes for Democrat Justin E. Fairfax (21.45 percent).

In voting for Attorney General, Carroll County again favored the Republican with 6,349 votes cast for John D. Adams to just 1,865 votes for incumbent Democrat Mark R. Herring. In the House of Delegates race in the 6th District, incumbent Republican Jeffrey L. Campbell garnered 6,491 votes (81.55 percent) to 1,449 votes for Independent candidate Kenneth D. Browning (18.2 percent).

Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN

Election Official Lacy Gates at left, “stickers” Stewart Hawks after he voted on Tuesday morning at St. Paul School. Hawks’ children, Alex and Brooklynn, accompanied their father and also received stickers. Gates marked his 55th year as an election officer this Fall. He said he remember when voting in the Cana area was once done in a chicken house (which was heated by a pot-bellied stove).
http://www.thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_DSC04236.jpgElection Official Lacy Gates at left, “stickers” Stewart Hawks after he voted on Tuesday morning at St. Paul School. Hawks’ children, Alex and Brooklynn, accompanied their father and also received stickers. Gates marked his 55th year as an election officer this Fall. He said he remember when voting in the Cana area was once done in a chicken house (which was heated by a pot-bellied stove). David Broyles | The Carroll News

Election Official William Towe gets ready to hand a ballot to a voter. Officials at St. Paul reported 131 (eleven percent of registered voters in the area) had voted by 9:52 a.m., a bit heavier turnout compared to the same time in 2013. Seventy-nine year old election officer Lacy Gates said he has seen a lot of changes during his 55-year tenure. He said his pay for the first day on the job at the polls was ten cents.
http://www.thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_DSC04227.jpgElection Official William Towe gets ready to hand a ballot to a voter. Officials at St. Paul reported 131 (eleven percent of registered voters in the area) had voted by 9:52 a.m., a bit heavier turnout compared to the same time in 2013. Seventy-nine year old election officer Lacy Gates said he has seen a lot of changes during his 55-year tenure. He said his pay for the first day on the job at the polls was ten cents. David Broyles | The Carroll News

Election Officer Brenda Leftwich sets up an “Express Vote” machine at St. Paul. She said Express Vote is another way local voters with disabilities may still cast their ballots. The turnout looked good on Tuesday morning at the school with 131 citizens voting by 9:52 a.m.
http://www.thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_DSC04224.jpgElection Officer Brenda Leftwich sets up an “Express Vote” machine at St. Paul. She said Express Vote is another way local voters with disabilities may still cast their ballots. The turnout looked good on Tuesday morning at the school with 131 citizens voting by 9:52 a.m. David Broyles | The Carroll News
Race for Fancy Gap District School Board decided by two votes

By Allen Worrell

aworrell@thecarrollnews.com

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