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Voter turnout low for Fredericksburg ward races
I’m just back from a lunch-time visit to the three polling places for today’s contested races. At each precinct in Wards 3 and 4, election officials said turnout was low.
But all of the candidates were there to greet folks as they arrived.
Two political newcomers are vying for the Ward 3 seat: Tim Duffy and Richard Friesner.
Voting for that ward is held at the Walker-Grant Middle School. There, as of noon-time 193 of the precinct’s 3,703 registered voters had cast a ballot.
Ward 4 is split over two precincts.
At New City Fellowship Church, both incumbent Bea Paolucci and challenger Charlie “Chuck” Frye Jr. were out front to greet people as they arrived to vote.
At that precinct, 196 of the 2,339 registered voters had cast a ballot by 12:33 p.m.
In the other precinct, at VFW Post 3103, 74 of the 1,666 people registered had voted by 1 p.m.
Polls remain open until 7 p.m.
All of the School Board incumbents are running unopposed.
Ward 1 Councilman Brad Ellis is running unopposed. Billy Withers is running unopposed to rejoin the council in Ward 2.