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Frazier topples Aylor in Culpeper

Bradley Rosenberger solidly won an eighth term as supervisor from Culpeper’s Jefferson District, but incumbent Larry Aylor was beaten by Jack Frazier in the Cedar Mountain District.

Rosenberger, facing opposition for only the second time since his initial election in 1985, captured about 57 percent of the 2,114 votes cast.

Frazier, meanwhile, pulled off what amounted to a minor upset over Aylor with an 878–715 victory.

“I ran a grassroots campaign,” Frazier, a builder, said when the final numbers were posted. “I’ve worked hard all my life and I’ve found that the rewards go to those who work hard.”

Frazier’s campaign was aided by what became known in Culpeper as the “Megan factor.”

In a September email endorsement for both Aylor and Rosenberger, Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Frederick lauded both men and called the rest of the board “incompetent” and “corrupt.”

While Rosenberger evaded the issue, Aylor backed Frederick and did not stand up for the rest of the board. His constituents, in numerous letters to the editor and at the ballot box, didn’t forget.

“I’m very humbled by it all,” said Rosenberger, who wasn’t sure how much he would be affected by the “Megan factor.”

“I had some good people supporting me,” the 58-year-old farmer continued. “I appreciate the people of this district putting their trust in me for another four years.”

Bill Chase, with eight terms on the Board of Supervisors already under his belt, ran unopposed in the Stevensburg District, as did incumbent Elizabeth Hutchins for the School Board.

Betsy Howard Smith spoiled Rich Goff’s third bid for the School Board in the Cedar Mountain District with a lopsided 1,215-367 victory.

“I worked hard and knocked on a lot of doors,” said Smith. “My goal was to meet with everyone in the district, and I came close.”

While there were four announced write-in School Board candidates in the Jefferson District (no name was on the ballot), 44 individuals —all real people—actually got votes.

Early indications are that Michelle North, who works in administration at Culpeper Regional Hospital, was the winner, but the long list of names created a nightmare for election officials, who will not make the final count until today.

In a referendum that involved only the town of Culpeper, voters overwhelmingly (2,561–461) approved changing municipal elections from the second Tuesday in May to the first Tuesday in November.

That change will take effect in 2015.

“Now I’ll have to buy a winter coat for Election Day,” joked Councilman Bobby Ryan.

Donnie Johnston:

djohnston@freelancestar.com

 

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