Free Lance-Star reporter Robyn Sidersky covers Caroline County government and schools. You can reach her at 540/374-5413 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow coverage on Facebook or Twitter as well.
Caroline voters are out and about
In Caroline County, Reedy Church school board candidate Jamey Lewchanin was handing out flyers next to Luther Morris, who said he just decided on Saturday to run as a write-in candidate for the same position. The two had faced off before for the same seat last year.
Morris had won the Reedy Church district seat on Nov. 2 with 384 votes, but candidate Lewchanin filed a complaint stating that Morris’ position as secretary of the county’s electoral board at that time made him ineligible to campaign.Morris, who had also served as a county supervisor and court clerk, resigned before attending his first board meeting, and Valerie Fells was later appointed to the position.
Due to redistricting, current school board chairman Mack A. Wright is also running for the Reedy Church seat on the school board.
As of noon, close to 400 voters cast their ballot at the Reedy Church precinct in Dawn. Only 151 had voted at the other Reedy Church precinct in Carmel Church.
Rev. Roy Nutter said he recently moved to Caroline County from Kentucky. The U.S. Army retiree said he was surprised that the ballot didn’t list which political affiliation the candidates were. Being new to the area, he felt that would have helped him decide, but he voted anyway.
“It’s my civic duty and it’s my right to vote,” he said. “A lot of people fought for the right to vote and if you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice.”
The two Mattaponi precincts at Caroline High School had 579 voters around 2 p.m. Incumbent Floyd Thomas was out campaigning for his seat on the board of supervisors although he is running unopposed.
By 2:45 p.m., about 450 voters in the Woodford precinct had voted at the Upper Caroline Volunteer Fire Department. Volunteers for the various candidates in the Port Royal District and countywide races said they were pleased with the turnout.
Calvin Taylor, who is trying to recapture the seat on the Board of Supervisors that he lost by 50 votes four years ago, said he has split his time between the Woodford and Port Royal polling places. He joked that since he’s been on the ballot for School Board or the Board of Supervisors for 20 years he’d seen a lot of familiar faces.
“If a person doesn’t support me, it’s not because they don’t know me,” Taylor quipped. He said he had received a lot of positive comments from voters at the polls. “I feel like I have the experience, and I think people know that.”
By 3 p.m., 556 Bowling Green district voters, of 32 percent, had cast ballots at the Bowling Green Event Hall and in that same district 315 voted at Salem Baptist Church in Sparta.
More than 250 voted at the precincts for the Madison district.