Two of three incumbents win in Virginia
Tom Joyce Staff Reporter
Tuesday’s local elections in Carroll and Patrick counties produced a mixed bag, with an incumbent supervisor re-elected in Patrick while a present member of the school board was defeated. In Carroll County, an incumbent school board member prevailed.
Joey D. Haynes, a Cana resident, won re-election to a new term as the Fancy Gap District member of the Carroll County School Board, defeating Phillip W. Berrier, a former board member. Haynes received 723 votes among the district’s five precincts, while Berrier got 659, providing a winning margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.
Phil D. McCraw was unopposed for his Fancy Gap District seat on the Carroll Board of Supervisors, registering 1,198 votes.
In Patrick County, Roger Hayden of Claudville was elected to his second term on the county board of supervisors representing the Dan River District. Hayden’s victory came over Tom Bishop by a vote count of 519 to 397 among four precincts, a margin representing 57 percent of the ballots cast.
Meanwhile, Kandy Marshall Burnett, an Ararat resident, was elected to the Dan River District seat on the Patrick County School Board, defeating incumbent Quinn Brim. Marshall captured 476 votes, or 54 percent of the total, with Brim taking 411 votes (46 percent).
The school board and superintendent in Patrick have come under fire recently from citizens over various issues.
Haynes credited his re-election to the Carroll County School Board to old-fashioned campaigning during the past two months leading up to Tuesday’s balloting.
“Well, I hope that people believe I’m doing a good job,” said Haynes, 47, who is an attorney.
“I’ve been in office for two years, and it was a close race,” he added Tuesday night. “I got out and went door to door and spent a lot of time talking to people.”
That approach struck a chord among the electorate. “People seem to appreciate seeing somebody face to face,” Haynes said. “I think we’re in a political climate right now where people kind of miss that.”
The incumbent said he looks forward to continue to serve the citizens of Carroll County and the children who attend its schools. “I’m thankful to the people who have entrusted me to represent them.” Maintaining security at local campuses is among his priorities.
Hayden, 66, said hard work was the main factor for his re-election to the Dan River District seat on the Patrick County Board of Supervisors.
“It’s been a long campaign road and I’ve worked really hard to represent the people of Patrick County — I think that shows,” he said Tuesday night.
“I attribute it to my family and friends and my supporters, and the voters of the Dan River District for supporting me and having the confidence to elect me for four more years on the board of supervisors,” Hayden, a school bus driver, said of his victory.
“We put a lot of time and effort in getting re-elected,” added the incumbent, who expressed concern for Patrick County taxpayers during the campaign and a need to avoid hikes in real estate or personal property levies.
“I’m as happy as I can be,” the incumbent said of the election outcome.
Burnett, 35, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night concerning her Dan River District school board victory over Brim, who is completing his first term in that office.
She was a first-time office seeker who works for Blue Ridge Cardiology in Mount Airy. Her goals for the board include devoting more funding and other resources to instructional needs in Patrick County schools rather than administrative uses, and to consider input from all stakeholders before decisions are made.
Meals Tax Fails
Also in Patrick County Tuesday, voters rejected a proposal for a 4 percent countywide meals tax, as they did in 2009.
Tuesday’s outcome among 14 precincts was 3,250 votes against and 1,796 for the tax on food and beverages sold in restaurants.
That was margin of 64 percent to 36 percent.
Reach Tom Joyce at 719-1924 or email@example.com.
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