Recount for Fancy Gap School Board seat set for Dec. 27

By Allen Worrell -
Phillip W. Berrier -

The official election recount for the Fancy Gap District seat on the Carroll County School Board has been scheduled for Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. in Carroll County Circuit Court.

According to Carroll County Circuit Court Clerk Gerald Goad, the official location for the recount will be conducted in the Carroll County Law Library. Challenger Phillip W. Berrier filed for a recount in the Fancy Gap District race for Carroll County School Board after losing the race by three votes to incumbent Joey D. Haynes.

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. After the Carroll County Electoral Board finished canvassing the votes, Berrier filed the petition for a recount later the same day.

Goad said the Honorable Sage B. Johnson, Chief Judge of the Twenty-Eighth Judicial Circuit, and the Honorable Stacey W. Moreau, Chief Judge of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, will preside in the Circuit Court of Carroll County with the Honorable Josiah T. Showalter, Jr., Chief Judge of the Twenty-Seventh Judicial Circuit, to serve as members of a three-judge court to preside over the recount procedures authorized by section 24.2-800 et. seq. of the Code of Virginia.

“The official swearing-in for the Fancy Gap School Board seat will not be conducted December 18 that was previously scheduled at the Carroll County Governmental Center, but will after the certification of the recount,” Goad said. “The oaths for the Pipers Gap District and the Laurel Fork District school board representatives will be performed on December 18, as previously scheduled.”

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

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