Local incumbents face few challengers in upcoming elections

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: July 20, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.

DINWIDDIE – It may be hard to think about staples of the fall, like elections, while the region goes through the hot days of summer but, for some local and state-level candidates, this is a busy time for them as their campaigns ramp up into full gear ahead of the November general election.

While there may be a lot of door-knocking and sign-posting ahead for some candidates in neighboring communities, Dinwiddie County’s upcoming general election sees many of the county’s local seats facing no challengers, according to local registrar records.

During the upcoming election on November 5, the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors, School Board, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue, Treasurer, and local soil and water district representatives will all be on the ballot in terms of local races but, through information provided by the Dinwiddie Registrar’s Office, the vast majority of local incumbents face no challengers.

All currently seated members of the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors – Harrison Moody, Dr. Mark Moore, William Chavis, Daniel Lee, and Brenda Ebron-Bonner – have qualified to appear on the ballot this fall and none of the supervisors face opposition.

Regarding the Dinwiddie School Board, incumbents Barbara Pittman, Mary Benjamin, and Sherilyn Merritt face no challengers in November but, as William Haney, who currently serves on the board in District 2, declines to seek re-election, Betty Haney is running unopposed for the seat.

In addition, according to local records, no one qualified to appear on the ballot for the Dinwiddie School Board’s District 1 seat. Teresa Stump joins William Haney in opting to not seek re-election and no other citizens within the district have qualified to appear on the ballot, meaning those wishing to be elected to the board in that district will have to be written in by voters at the polls.

Regarding constitutional officers, currently seated Commonwealth Attorney Ann Cabell Baskervill, Treasurer Jennifer Perkins, and Commissioner of Revenue Lori Stevens will all appear on the November ballot without challengers.

Sheriff D.T. Adams faces one challenge on the ballot this fall as Darryl Hayes has qualified for the upcoming race. According to state records, Adams was elected following the 2011 general election, earning 40 percent of the vote and defeating Bruce Rhodes, Ryan Porter, and Millard Harman.

Four years later during the 2015 race, Adams was successful in his first re-election bid, receiving 56 percent of the vote, with Porter and Hayes finishing with 28 and 14 percent of the vote, respectively.

Beyond the local races, depending on the location of voters and their individual polling place, they will be casting ballots in either the 63rd or 75th House District race and one of two State Senate races in the 15th and 16th District.

When looking at the House of Delegates, the 63rd District Democratic incumbent Lashrecse Aird (D) faces a challenge from Larry Haake, III, an independent candidate. Election records show she ran unopposed in her 2017 reelection bid. In the 75th District, longtime Democratic delegate Roslyn Tyler seeks a Republican opponent in Otto Wachsmann joining her on the ballot in November.

In regards to the State Senate, the 15th District, which includes much of the county, save the northern end of Dinwiddie County near the border with Petersburg, the incumbent, Frank Ruff (R) and Democrat Virginia Smith will be on the ballot come November. According to election data, this is the first time since 2007 that Ruff has faced a challenge for a seat he has held since winning in 2000.

During that election, Ruff defeated Democrat Robert Wilkerson, earning nearly 60 percent of the 43,000 votes cast.

In the 16th Senate District, following Rosalyn Dance’s defeat in the Democrat primary last month, her opponent and now Democratic representative Joe Morrissey now advances to the general election, with independent candidate Waylin Ross serving as his lone challenger in November.

While the election is months away, now is the time to check your registration status to make sure the information on file is up-to-date. The deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

For those wishing to cast an absentee ballot by mail, a request must be made by October 29. The deadline to vote absentee, in-person is Saturday November 2 at your community’s local registrar’s office.

For more information on the 2019 general election, visit http://elections.virginia.gov.

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