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Election a night for Wise, Lee incumbents

Mike Still • Nov 5, 2019 at 10:44 PM

Incumbents generally held the line Tuesday in races across Wise and Lee counties and Norton, and the far Southwest Virginia General Assembly delegation remains Republican.

All vote totals are unofficial until certified by the Virginia State Board of Elections.

House of Delegates

District 1 Republican Del. Terry Kilgore returns to office with 16,744 votes from the district’s 45 precincts against 623 write-in candidate votes.

The District 4 delegate’s race saw Republican William C. Wampler III pull 14,382 votes to Democrat Starla J. Kiser’s 8,458 and 21 write-in votes with all 40 precincts reporting.

State Senate

Departing 4th District Del. Todd Pillion moves to the state 40th District Senate seat with 40,170 votes to independent challenger Kenneth W. “Ken” Heath’s 12,265 and 155 write-in candidate votes across all 101 district precincts.

In the 38th Senate District race, incumbent Republican A. Benton Chafin Jr. held on to his seat with 29,344 votes to independent challenger George W. McCall III’s 16,299 votes and 519 write-in votes across the 38th’s 106 precincts.

Wise County and Norton

In Wise County and Norton, voters went with Republican Assistant Sheriff E. Grant Kilgore with 5,274 county votes and 493 Norton votes compared to Democratic challenger Jake A. Elkins’ 809 county and 85 city votes and independent Danny C. Mullins’ 467 county and 59 city votes. Write-in votes included 34 county and four city ballots.

Incumbent Republican Commonwealth’s Attorney C.H. “Chuck” Slemp III returns to office with 6,395 votes, including 576 in Norton and 5,819 in the county. Write-in ballots totaled 147 county and 28 city votes.

In the Board of Supervisors ballot, unopposed incumbent District 1 Democrat Fred A. Luntsford Jr. polled 1,376 votes against 97 write-in ballots. District 2 incumbent independent Steve E. Bates received 1,487 votes against 28 write-in votes. Republican District 3 incumbent J.H. Rivers Jr. got 1,512 votes against 60 write-in ballots. Republican James R. Lawson will succeed departing District 4 Supervisor and Chair Dana G. Kilgore with 1,511 votes.

Unopposed incumbent Democratic Commissioner of Revenue Douglas Mullins Jr. got 6,416 votes and unopposed incumbent Republican Treasurer Delores W. Smith 6,477 votes.

In the Wise County School Board election, all four incumbents up for staggered re-election were unopposed: District 4 member and Chair Larry D. Greear polled 1,566 votes to 28 write-in votes. District 1 member Martha B. Jett got 1,519 votes against 23 write-in ballots. District 3 member Vicki Galloway Williams received 1,497 votes to 26 write-in votes, and District 2 member John N. Graham Jr. got 1,419 votes to 29 write-in votes.

Incumbent Big Stone Gap Town Council members Gary Paul Johnson, Robert C. Bloomer and Tyler K. Hughes were unopposed for their respective seats. Johnson received 512 votes, Bloomer 439 and Hughes 463.

In the Lonesome Pine Soil and Water Conservation District race, Danny R. Cantrell and Jimmy R. Vanover Sr. won the two seats with 2,609 and 2,410 votes, respectively. Terry L. Dickenson and K. Summer Smith polled 1,714 and 1,658 votes, respectively.

Lee County

Incumbent Republican Sheriff Gary B. Parsons was unopposed on Tuesday’s ballot with 5,466 votes.

Incumbent Democratic Commonwealth’s Attorney H. Fuller Cridlin also returns unopposed after polling 5,378 votes.

In the four-way treasurer’s race, District 2 Supervisor Nathan Cope succeeds departing Treasurer Rita McCann with 2,538 votes to independent challengers Cathy P. Wilder’s 1,055, Johnny A. Lakins’ 362 and Robert C. “Robby” Wright’s 2,380.

The Board of Supervisors race saw three of five seats challenged.

Republican District 1 incumbent Robert Smith held off independent challenger Thomas Earl Lakins, 1,091 votes to 276.

In the race to fill departing Republican District 2 Supervisor Nathan Cope’s seat, independent Lewis E. Moore lost with 354 votes to Republican Sidney J. Kolb’s 1,127.

For the District 4 supervisor’s race, incumbent Republican Charles Slemp Jr. took 599 votes to independent challenger Joshua N. Flanary’s 582.

District 3 incumbent Democratic Supervisor Larry R. Mosley was unopposed with 967 votes. Unopposed Republican District 5 incumbent R. Dennis “D.D.” Leonard got 718 votes.

Republican incumbent Commissioner of Revenue Christopher R. Jones was unopposed with 5,561 votes.

In the School Board ballot, four of five incumbent members faced challengers Tuesday.

District 1 member and board chair Michael P. Kidwell won with 768 votes to challenger E. Kyle Chadwell’s 600. District 2 incumbent Rob B. Hines got 843 votes to Wandaleen J. Adams’ 599.

In the District 4 race, Vera Ely defeated incumbent Debbie J. Jessie 650 votes to 479.

District 5 board member Pamela D. Fannon lost to challenger Garry D. Williams, 438 votes to 448.

In the District 3 school board race, Nancy M. “Marsee” Garrett succeeds departing member Ty Harber with 867 votes to challenger D.J. Barker’s 359.

In the Daniel Boone Soil and Water Conservation District ballot, Gary L. Martin, Michael W. Hobbs and Roger B. Elkins won the three open seats unopposed with 3,528, 2257 and 2,884 votes respectively.

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