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Holmes unseats Walsh in Ward 3 School Board race

UPDATE: Just got a callback from Holmes, who had the following to say:

“I thank Janice Walsh for her 18 years of service on Fredericksburg’s School Board, and I’m excited and honored to be serving the students and teachers of Fredericksburg for the next four years.”

Jannan Holmes unseated 18-year School Board veteran Janice Walsh tonight, in the only contested race in Fredericksburg.

Walsh, who has been on the board as Fredericksburg’s public school system has grown and built two new school buildings, congratulated Holmes.

“I hope that she will enjoy her term on the board as much as I have enjoyed mine,” she said. “I will miss it, but everything has to come to an end.”

Holmes won the Ward 3 School Board race with 61 percent of the vote. That percentage was possible even though Holmes won by only 72 votes, because turnout was low all over the city, as most candidates faced no opposition, and no names even appeared on the ballot in the Ward 4 City Council race.

The Ward 1 precinct at Hugh Mercer Elementary School didn’t even see 100 voters come through.

The winner of the Ward 4 City Council race will be determined by write-in votes. Fredericksburg’s Electoral Board will begin counting those votes Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the registrar’s office in the Executive Plaza on Caroline Street.

Unopposed School Board incumbents Pat Green, Barbara Miller-Richards and Malvina Kay and City Council incumbents Brad Ellis and George Solley all won new terms.

In Ward 3, Fred Howe III will replace outgoing Councilman Matt Kelly come July 1.

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  • George

    The absentee ballots have now been counted. Total is 203 for Holmes and 131 for Walsh, so Mrs. Walsh picked up 2 votes over Mrs. Holmes in absentees.