By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: November 13, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.
Carmichael set for fourth term, Webb, Hunter earn second stints in office
PRINCE GEORGE – County voters made their voices heard in a number of key races both locally and those with state-level implications, with the races for three seats on the Prince George Board of Supervisors highlighting last week’s ballot as supervisors incumbents Alan Carmichael, T.J. Webb, and Donald Hunter defeated their challengers
According to preliminary results from the Virginia Department of Elections, the race for District 1 Supervisor saw longtime representative Carmichael best challenger Stacey Everett, earning just short of 2,400 votes, or 55 percent of the votes cast. Looking closer at the returns, Carmichael outpaced Everett at a majority of the district’s five precincts, save the Union Branch and Rives precincts where Everett garnered 50 and 62 percent of the vote respectively.
With his re-election, Carmichael is set to begin his fourth term as supervisor starting in January. In an interview, he said he was thankful for the support he has received from citizens since he began serving as supervisor in 2008.
“The citizens have always supported me in 2008 and I take that very seriously and I am humbled by their support and I will continue to work on the issues that need to be addressed for the next four years. There are going to be some trying times and we have some very important projects that we are faced with.”
Speaking about some of the things residents in District 1 said were concerns for them, Carmichael said the ongoing discussions regarding the replacement of Walton Elementary School was toward the top of many of their lists.
“We have to put this school construction to bed quickly,” he said. “We need to understand why the citizens elect us, to serve as the board of supervisor and also respect the fact they elected school board members to do the same. We have to understand that the school board members are put in place to provide the services and do what is needed for the schools and we are to support that in anyway we can. They are faced with responsibilities and decisions they have to make and we are faced with the financing and how to pay for their needs.”
He added that economic development and investing in infrastructure also were also priorities for voters he talked to during his campaign.
“They want steady growth and the rooftops that help offset their financial responsibilities in-house for their families,” Carmichael remarked. “They want the things to come into Prince George County but they also want their taxes to remain as low as possible. So, their concerns are addressing water and sewer issues we have throughout the county. They also want this school issue to be resolved quickly.”
Two seats were on the ballot for voters in District 2, where incumbents Donald Hunter and T.J. Webb were victorious over former supervisor and community leader William Gandel. Preliminary results from state election officials show both Webb and Hunter each received 37 percent of the vote, or just over 2,600 votes a piece, with Gandel trailing in third, garnering 1,720 votes and 24 percent of the vote. Results show both Webb and Hunter led in a majority of District 2’s precincts, with the pair being separated only by a few dozens votes.
Additionally, District 2 absentee voting in the supervisors race showed a near-tie as Hunter received 150 votes to Webb’s 144, and Gandel’s 141.
Calls to Hunter for comment on being re-elected for his second term were not returned by the time this article was published but Webb, also slated for a second term on the county board shared his thoughts on a successful re-election bid.
“I am extremely grateful to the citizens for giving me an opportunity to continue to serve,” he said, before some of what he heard while talking to residents in the community regarding topics they would like to see addressed, such as the county’s aging school facilities and what is being done to modernize Prince George’s educational infrastructure.
“I know there are concerns about schools, which we are definitely going to address and we are on the way to doing that,” Webb remarked, referring to supervisors’ action to give the school division the go-ahead to purchase a series of trailers that will serve as classroom space at Walton as chronic air quality issues have resulted in several classrooms being closed for remediation throughout this and the prior school year, along with the approval of $1 million in funding for the architectural and design costs related to construction of a new elementary school, which is expected to be Walton Elementary, once completed.
He continued, “Citizens don’t want tax increases and I am not of the opinion at this point in time that we are going to have a tax increase or if we know what that tax increase is until we see what the numbers are.”
Webb added he will continue his advocacy for long-term plans to address the county’s needs in the areas of water and sewer infrastructure.
“I have a passion and an interest in continuing that so we can try and get ahead of the curve on infrastructure to hopefully support the controlled economic growth that Prince George County needs going forward,” he said.
The county’s constitutional officers ran unopposed, resulting in Commonwealth’s Attorney Susan Fierro, Commissioner of the Revenue Darlene Rowsey, Sheriff H.E. Allin, III, and Treasurer Susan Vargo all being re-elected.
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