Election results announced

Published 10:06 am Wednesday, November 7, 2018

General and special elections in Charlotte County were held Tuesday, with all local races running unopposed besides the Drakes Branch Town Council seats.

Six names appeared on the ballot for a seat on the Drakes Branch Town Council, however, one candidate, Noah J. Davis, ran as a write-in.

Davis previously served on the Drakes Branch Town Council.

Incumbents James K. Gregory, Peery A. Wells, Deborah Tucker Kennedy appeared on the ballot amongst newcomers Phillip D. “Phil” Jackson, Terry M. Tharpe and Clarence A. Hamlett.

Hamlett said he previously served on the Town Council for over 10 years in the past and was running again after being away for a while.

Current Drakes Branch Mayor Denise L. Pridgen appeared on the ballot for Mayor unopposed.

According to unofficial election result from the Virginia Department of elections, Pridgen (165) was once again named Drakes Branch Mayor.

Town Council seats will be occupied by winners Hamlett (82), Jackson (83), Gregory (123), Wells (114), Kennedy (97) and Write-in candidate Davis (106).

“I would like to thank the citizens of Drakes Branch for taking the extra time in the voting booth and writing me in for re-election to the town council,” said Davis. “Now let’s continue to move Drakes forward.”

As a first time member of the Council, Jackson said he looked forward to seeing what can be done to get the town back up and running.

“We’ve had a good past, but our future should be brighter than our past,” he said.

Special elections were also held in the Towns of Charlotte Court House and Keysville, each voting for Mayor and Members of Town Council.

In Keysville, six individuals ran for six seats on the Keysville Town Council while newcomer Steven L. Morris (156) ran for Mayor unopposed to win the seat.

According to unofficial results from the Virginia Department of Elections, Audrey H. Payne (141), who previously served as Keysville Mayor, appeared on the ballot and won a seat on the town council.

Other Keysville Town Council Members will include Incumbents Rhona Locke Benn (127), Sarah Lane N. Critzer (145) and Scotty Ray Jackson (122) amongst newcomers Emily R. Jackson (119) and George Thomas Sandridge (116).

Unofficial elections results from the Virginia Department of Elections said local incumbents Brenda D. Haskins (133), Julia B. Kurdt (101) and Debra P. Andrews (132) ran for six seats on the Charlotte Court House Town Council, in addition to newcomer Terrill W. Ramsey (100) and a Write-in candidate (76) to all secure a seat.

Former Vice-Mayor David C. Watkins, Jr. (168) ran for Mayor unopposed and was victorious.

For the United States Senate, Corey A. Stewart (R-) won Charlotte County against Timothy M. Kaine (D-) and Matt J. Waters (L-) with 2,792 votes. However, Kaine was announced winner of the United States Senate.

Denver L. Riggleman (R-) won Charlotte County against Leslie C. Cockburn (D-) for the 5th District House of Representatives seat, with 2,888 votes. Riggleman was also announced winner of the entire 5th District race.