Exercise Your Right To Vote

STEVE FUNKHOUSER

STEVE FUNKHOUSER, who spoke as president of the local chamber last week at the candidates forum in Lexington, is himself a candidate this year, running unopposed to be the next sheriff of Rockbridge County and Lexington. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

Editorial

Much is at stake in next week’s elections. Not only will the balance of power in the General Assembly be determined, contested races for three seats each on the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors, Buena Vista City Council and Glasgow Town Council will factor into what our local government priorities will be.

We urge everyone to exercise their precious right to participate in our representative democracy. It’s always said that every vote counts but we anticipate this being especially true this year with several contests expected to be very close and some races to be decided by write-in votes.

The race for Buffalo supervisor on the county Board of Supervisors should be wide open with five candidates contending for this single seat. Contested races for Natural Bridge and South River supervisors appear to be drawing a lot of interest as well.

Write-in votes will determine the outcome of at least four local elections in which no candidates qualified to get their names on the ballot. Kathy Burant has put herself forward as a write-in candidate for the Natural Bridge seat on the county School Board. Seeking write-in votes for Glasgow mayor is Shane Watts, also a formal candidate for Town Council. The other two offices that have no candidates on the ballot are Lexington’s two seats on the Natural Bridge Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Be sure to wield your electoral power next Tuesday, Nov. 5. Your vote could prove decisive in who wins and who doesn’t.

The News-Gazette

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