Your State and Local Elections in Review
The results are in after citizens across the Shenandoah Valley hit the polls and cast their votes yesterday in historic congressional and local elections.
On the state level, Tim Kaine won the Senate with 57 percent of the vote against Corey Stewart’s 40 percent. In Virginia’s 10th District, Democratic challenger Jennifer Wexton earned 53 percent of the vote to beat incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock, who garnered just 46 percent. Meanwhile in the 6th district, Democrat Jennifer Lewis lost to Ben Cline, who earned 59 percent of the vote.
There were three competitive local elections across the Shenandoah Valley last night as well. In Winchester’s City Council elections, Republican City Council President Bill Wiley won against Democratic challenger Teri Merrill by 11 points in the first ward. Meanwhile in a surprise in the city’s third ward, Democrat Kim Herbstritt beat out 10-year incumbent councilor Milt McInturff by a total of 19 points. Winchester’s most competitive election, however, was in the fourth ward, which was the last to report in at 9:05 p.m. Results there showed Democrat Judy McKiernan beating Republican Debera Taylor by just three votes. Because the margin between the two candidates was within 0.5 percent and two provisional ballots have yet to be counted, Taylor will have the option to request a recount. She has been quoted as saying that she will decide whether or not to do so once those provisional ballots are reported.
In Front Royal’s Town Council election last night, the three open seats were won by incumbent Gary Gillispie and newcomers Chris Holloway and Letasha Thompson. Gillispie was the front runner with 22 percent of the vote, followed by Holloway with 19 percent of the vote, and then Thompson with 17 percent.
Finally in the Stephens City’s Mayor’s race, newcomer and Navy veteran Michael Diaz was able to claim victory over one-term incumbent Michael Grim. The final tally there was 309 votes to 270. Diaz was quoted as saying “I’m very happy… I just want to get to work and get Stephens City on the right track and make it more viable in the Shenandoah Valley area.”
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