No local Democratic candidates on Carroll ballot

By Allen Worrell -

No Democrats will appear on the local ballot in Carroll County’s General Election featuring board of supervisors and school board races November 7.

School Board candidates all run as independents, so no Democrats would have appeared in those races regardless, but the Carroll County Democratic Party did not have any candidates file in the board of supervisor races in Fancy Gap, Laurel Fork and Pipers Gap.

Only one of the three board of supervisor races will be contested, according to Kimberly Cloud, Carroll County’s General Registrar. The one contested race will be in the Pipers Gap District, where incumbent Republican Thomas W. “Tom” Littrell will face off against Independent candidate Phillip G. Boatman, Sr.

In the Fancy Gap District, Republican Phillip R. McCraw will be the only candidate on the ballot after he won a three-way race in the Carroll County Republican Primary in May. In the Laurel Fork District, Republican candidate Joe Neil Webb will also be the only candidate on the ballot after defeating incumbent Joshua Hendrick in the May Primary.

The Fancy Gap District School Board race will be wide open with four candidates. Running for the position on the Carroll County School Board in Fancy Gap are, in order they appear on the ballot, Gina S. Hall, Phillip W. Berrier, incumbent Joey D. Haynes, and Patricia S. Sebens. Cloud said candidates appear on the ballot in the order they completed their filings.

In the Laurel Fork District, incumbent Sanford G. “Sandy” Hendrick faces a challenge from Virgil R. Hall for school board. Incumbent Brian E. Spencer is the only school board candidate for the Pipers Gap District.

Cloud said sample ballots are available at the Voter Registrar’s Office and also available online. She said the last day to register for the Nov. 7 election is October 16. As long as you are 18 years of age on November 7, you are eligible to vote if you are a citizen and a resident. The Carroll County Voter Registrar’s Office will be open for absentee balloting beginning the week of September 18. It will also be open two Saturdays – October 28 and November 4 – and will close for in-person absentee voting on November 4. The last day absentee ballots may be mailed is October 31.

“We have been getting a lot of applications online for absentee voting. You still have to have a reason why you will be absent from the precinct in Virginia to participate in absentee voting,” Cloud said. “You can also go to and folks can check their registration. Maybe they moved and are not sure they changed their address or they are not sure if they are registered. You can register online as long as you make the October 16 deadline. You can also apply to vote absentee by mail. You still have to have a reason. The Department of Elections website has a lot of great links and people can find out what is on their ballot and where they vote and that sort of thing. Of course they can always call us.”

The November 7 election will also feature statewide races in Virginia for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. Also featured will be the House of Delegates’ 6th District race between Republican incumbent Jeffrey L. Campbell and Independent challenger Kenneth D. Browning.

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

By Allen Worrell