Big Year For Local, Virginia Elections

Candidates are starting to step forward for a couple of dozen Rockbridge area races in the Nov. 2 elections. The deadline for filing is June 8, which is also the same date as Republican and Democratic primaries.

In the Republican Party primary, Del. Ronnie Campbell of the 24th District is being challenged by Mark Reed. Sam R. Soghor of Amherst County is the lone Democratic Party candidate so he will be the nominee.

The Democratic Party primary features crowded fields of candidates for governor and lieutenant governor and a dual race for attorney general in which two-term incumbent Mark Herring is being challenged by Del. Jerrauld C. “Jay” Jones of the 89th District (Norfolk).

Candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor include Terry R. McAuliffe, Jennifer L. McClellan, Jennifer D. Carroll Foy, Lee J. Carter and Justin E. Fairfax. Vying to be the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor are Hala S. Ayala, S. “Sam” Rasoul, Andria P. McClellan, Elizabeth R. Guzman, Sean A. Perryman, Mark H. Levine and Xavier JaMar Warren.

Early, in-person absentee voting for the June 8 primaries begins April 23 at voting registrars’ offices. Voters can request that absentee ballots be mailed to them, also starting April 23.

The Nov. 2 elections feature 24 races in Rockbridge County (including Glasgow), Buena Vista and Lexington.

Two seats on the county Board of Supervisors will be up for grabs this year. Kerrs Creek Supervisor Dan Lyons has qualified to be a candidate for re-election. He has a potential challenger in Scott Gary Guise, who has submitted a statement of organization. Walkers Creek Supervisor Jay Lewis is circulating petitions to run for reelection. Alexis “Lex” Lamotte has submitted a declaration of candidacy for this office.

On the county School Board, members whose terms expire this year are Corey Berkstresser of the South River District and Heather Hostetter of the Kerrs Creek District.

Glasgow Mayor Shane Watts, whose term expires this year, is not running for re-election. Town Council members whose terms expire this year include Barrett McFaddin, Andrea Bradley and Thomas “Tom” Camden. A special election is being held for a fourth seat currently held by Jade Harris, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of a member who resigned.

In Buena Vista, constitutional officers whose terms expire this year are Sheriff Randy Hamilton, Commonwealth’s Attorney Joshua Elrod, Treasurer Mary Lee Huffman and interim Com missioner of Revenue Ashton Beverly Dorton, who was appointed to fill the final year of the term of Mar Vita Flint, who retired Dec. 31. Hamilton has qualified to be a candidate for reelection.

Buena Vista City Council members whose terms expire this year are Danny Staton, Melvin Henson and Tyson Cooper, as well as Mayor Bill Fitzgerald. Staton has qualified to be a candidate for reelection. Steve Webb, who was appointed earlier this year to take the seat of Lisa Clark, who resigned, has qualified to be candidate in a special election to complete Clark’s remaining two years.

Buena Vista School Board members whose terms expire this year are Lisa Kerr, John Rice, Roy Mohler and John Roberts. Rice has qualified to be a candidate for reelection.

In Lexington, constitutional officers whose terms expire this year are Treasurer Pat DeLaney and Commissioner of Revenue Karen Roundy.

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