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Spotsy voters reflect statewide political divide

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Several Spotsylvania County voters today had strong feelings about the gubernatorial race but didn’t know a whole lot about the local candidates.

“I did not vote for Cuccinelli, that’s for sure,” said Darlene Wheeler, 46, referring to Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. He’s “livin’ in the stone ages.”

So what brought Guy Bates, 58, out to vote?

“My contempt for Terry McAuliffe,” he said.

Those attitudes reflect the political divide in Virginia, where many are basing their votes on a strong dislike for one of the gubernatorial candidates.

Meanwhile, Wheeler, who voted at the Lee Hill District’s Summit precinct, said she didn’t vote for either candidate for the Board of Supervisors. She said she didn’t know enough about them to make an informed decision.

Bates also said he didn’t know much about the local candidates, but voted for Mark Shigley because he was the recommendation on a Spotsylvania GOP sample ballot. Shigley is challenging incumbent Lee Hill District Supervisor Gary Skinner.

Of course, not all Spotsylvania voters went to the polls just to cast a vote for governor.

Asked why she voted, Libby Stephens, 49, said: “It’s important to vote in the local elections. That’s where things are decided where you live.”She declined to say who she voted for in the Lee Hill Board of Supervisors race.

Poll worker Madeleine Vary, who was working at the Massaponax High School precinct in the Berkeley District, said she thought the local race was the major reason for the turnout.

“People have ties to the community,” she said.

Dennis Buchanan, Greg Cebula and Mark Kuechler are running for the open Berkeley District supervisors seat. Current Supervisor Emmitt Marshall is stepping down after 34 years on the board.

The other Board of Supervisors race in Spotsylvania is for the open Battlefield District seat. The candidates are Willie Brown, Lora Pierce and Chris Yakabouski.Current Battlefield Supervisor Benjamin Pitts did not run for reelection.

Spotsylvania Registrar Kellie Acors said earlier this afternoon that turnout has been “very good” and that there have been no voting issues.