The 2019 election is quickly approaching.
In less than two weeks, Madison County residents will head to the polls, selecting a sheriff, commissioner of revenue, treasurer, commonwealth’s attorney, two school board members, two county supervisors, two Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District Directors, a 30th District Delegate and a 24th District Senator.
Madison County Commissioner of Revenue Brian Daniel, treasurer Stephanie Murray, commonwealth’s attorney Clarissa Berry and conservation district directors Stephen Hill and Lynn Graves are all incumbent candidates and are running unopposed.
Also running unopposed are school board candidates incumbent Karen Allen and newcomer Angela Eichelberger. While Allen is seeking to keep her seat on the board, Eichelberger is looking to fill the vacancy left by Bob Chappell. It’s currently being filled by Cathy McGhee who was appointed earlier this year to serve the remainder of Chappell’s term.
Incumbent supervisor Charlotte Hoffman is also seeking to keep her seat on the board, while newcomer and current planning commission chairman Carty Yowell is looking to fill the seat that will be left vacant by Jonathon Weakley. Weakley is not seeking reelection.
The only contested race at the county level comes in the form of sheriff. Incumbent Erik Weaver is seeking reelection, while Brandon Lillard and Lonnie Tuthill are seeking election to the office.
Meanwhile, at the state level, 30th District Delegate Nick Freitas is attempting to keep his seat via a write-in campaign while newcomer Ann Ridgeway is looking to be elected. In the Senate, longtime incumbent Emmett Hanger is facing opposition from newcomer Annette Hyde.
Voters should remember to bring photo identification with them in order to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Acceptable forms of identification include a valid Virginia driver’s license or identification card; a valid Virginia DMV issued veteran’s ID card; valid United States Passport; other government issued identification cards issued by the federal or state government or polictical subdivision of the state; valid college or university student photo identification card from an institution of higher education located in Virginia; or employee identification card containing a photo of the voter and issued by the employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business.
Those without proper identification can obtain a free Virginia Voter Photo ID Card from any local voter registration office, even on Election Day.
Polls will open at 6 a.m. on Election Day and close at 7 p.m. Voters in the Oak Park precinct will cast their ballots at Mt. Zion Methodist Church, 2394 Mt. Zion Church Road; those in Radiant will vote at the Burnt Tree Grange, 4709 Orange Road; Rochelle at Mt. Nebo Lutheran Church, 3980 Jacks Shop Road, ; Graves Mill at Graves Chapel, 104 Bluff Mountain Road; Madison at Beth Car Baptist Church, 411 Mud Road; Wolftown at Rapidan Baptist Church,150 Rapidan Church Lane ; Brightwood at the Brightwood Ruritan Club, 4689 Lillards Ford Road; Etlan at Etlan United Methodist Church, 217 Church Hill Road; and Criglersville at the new Madison County Historical Society Museum just adjacent to the former Criglersville Elementary School and just across the parking lot from the former polling place, the Criglersville School Cottage, 1120 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike. The latter is a change which was approved earlier this year.
Absentee voting is also available through Nov. 2. Options include voting absentee by mail or in-person. Those over age 65 or with disabilities can also vote curbside the day of the election.
For more information on photo identification, absentee or curbside voting or to check voter registration status or view what will appear on the ballot, visit https://voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/PublicSite/PublicMain.aspx. For more information on voting in Madison County, contact the registrar’s office at 948-6533.