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