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Ty Schieber wins special election in Garrisonville District

Ty Schieber will remain as the Garrisonville Supervisor until the end of 2013. With 65 percent of the vote, Schieber beat opponent Jac Starkey, a retired Air Force colonel running as a Democrat.

Republican Ty Schieber received 65 percent of the vote.

Schieber, 46, served two years as the Garrisonville District School Board member before being selected by the board in January to be the interim supervisor. He served in the Marine Corps for 14 years and is now the executive vice president for Technology Associates, a defense contracting company, which has a location in Stafford.

“I want to continue the good work the board has in progress right now,”  Schieber said soon after the results were in. “I want to bring to fruition the things my predecessor put in motion. There’s just a lot of work underway right now that needs continued focus and energy to make sure it gets done and gets done right.”

Garrisonville, the smallest geographical district, had three polling places open Tuesday. Turnout was low, with only 820 ballots cast out of 11,444 registered voters. That’s a 7 percent turnout.

At the Hampton precinct, John and Sue Overbey said they always vote because it’s their civic duty. Their ballots Tuesday were for Schieber. “He’s a Republican, he’s a Marine,” John Overbey said. “I like his views on where the county needs to go in the future.” Overbey said Stafford’s future depends on bringing in more businesses and jobs, which Schieber promised in his campaign.

Democrat Jac Starkey received 35 percent of the vote.

Starkey, 60, was a base commander at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. He retired from the Air Force in 2006, when he moved to Stafford with his wife of 41 years, Mo. Now, he is a senior consultant/contingency planning expert for a nonprofit government consulting corporation.

“We ran a good clean election on both sides,” Starkey said. He now hopes to start a tutoring program in Stafford schools.

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