With only three votes separating himself from incumbent Joey D. Haynes, challenger Phillip W. Berrier has filed for a recount in the Fancy Gap District race for the Carroll County School Board.
Four candidates ran for the Fancy Gap seat in the Nov. 7 election. Haynes received 501 votes (including one late provisional) while Berrier took 498 votes. Gina S. Hall received 233 votes in the race, Patricia S. Sebens garnered 200 votes and there were seven write-in votes.
The Carroll County Electoral Board finished canvassing the votes at noon Monday and any eligible candidate had 10 days to petition the Carroll County Circuit Court for a recount. Berrier said he filed the petition for a recount that day.
“I filed a petition in the Clerk’s office about an hour ago because my supporters wanted me to do it,” Berrier said at 4 p.m. Monday. “I don’t know that it will change anything but with the vote being that close they wanted me to give it a shot.”
Carroll County Clerk of the Circuit Court Gerald Goad said there will be a Recount Court which will be comprised of three judges set up by the Chief Judge of the 27th Circuit Court. Goad said a date has yet to be determined for the Recount Court, but noted it would have to happen before December 18, which is when Carroll County School Board winners in the Nov. 8 election are scheduled to be sworn in to office.
All in all, election night was a good night for incumbents in Carroll County as all local candidates seeking re-election won. While Haynes’ re-election is still up in the air for the moment, incumbent Pipers Gap District Supervisor Thomas W. “Tom” Littrell and incumbent Carroll County School Board member Sanford G. “Sandy” Hendrick (Laurel Fork) won their races.
Hendrick held on to his school board seat in the Laurel Fork District as he 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 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 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