Election 2019: Steady traffic at polls as local, state races headline ballots

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: November 5, 2019 | 3:45 p.m. 


VIRGINIA – Many precincts across Southside Virginia reported steady foot traffic from voters throughout the day as the Commonwealth heads to the polls to elect General Assembly representatives along with a slew of local offices.

In Prince George, election officers at the Richard Bland precinct nestled inside the Barn Theatre of Richard Bland College said they had a consistent stream of voters since the doors opened at 6 a.m., casting their ballots in the District 1 Board of Supervisors and School Board elections, along with House of Delegates and State Senate races.

This election marks the second staggered-term elections for Prince George County as the incumbent Alan Carmichael faces a challenge from opponent Stacey Everett for the lone District 1 seat. In District 2, incumbents Donald Hunter and T.J. Webb are seeking to return to the county board of supervisors as former supervisor William Gandel campaigns to earn one of two of the district’s seats on the board.

As for the school board, incumbents Robert Cox, Jr., Lewis Stevenson, and Kevin Foster all declined to seek re-election, opening the door for a slate of candidates to assume the seats. In District 1, Anthony Howard, Sharon Jadrnak, and Cecil Smith are seeking to be selected to the lone district seat on the ballot while District 2 sees Jill Andrews, Carla Johnson, and Sherry Taylor campaigning for election to the pair of District 2 school board seats.

A number of other races, including sheriff, commonwealth’s attorney, commissioner of the revenue, and treasurer were uncontested in Prince George County.

In neighboring Dinwiddie, election reps at the Sutherland precinct inside Sutherland Elementary School along U.S. Route 460 said they too had a steady stream of voters throughout the day, noting their busy times are typically in the mornings before voters head to work and in the couple hours after work just before polls close at seven.

While the vast majority of local races in the county are uncontested, including the county board of supervisors and school board, which will see a write-in candidate be elected in District 1 as no candidate declared for the seat current member Teresa Stump declined to seek reelection to, many locals are closely watching the race for sheriff between incumbent D.T. Adams and challenger Darryl Hayes.

In addition to the local races, Dinwiddie voters will be tasked with selecting casting ballots in the 15th Senate District race Frank Ruff (R) faces a challenge from Democrat Virginia Smith and the 16th Senate District with Joe Morrissey, fresh of his democratic primary upset of Rosalyn Dance in June, seeking re-election to the General Assembly over independent candidate Waylin Ross.

Following re-districting, the 63rd House District now includes all of Dinwiddie County, which sees incumbent Lashrecse Aird (D) seeking reelection with a challenge from Larry Haake, an independent.


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