Election 2019

A steady stream of voters passed through the Brightwood Ruritan Club Tuesday. Election official Mary Ann Walthall said the precinct had already seen 242 voters by 9 a.m. “It’s been more than one a minute,” she said.”I don’t think we’ve had a day like this.”

Madison County Sheriff Erik Weaver will hold onto his seat for a fifth term.

Voters chose the longstanding sheriff as their winning candidate Tuesday. With 2,940 votes or 55.44 percent, Weaver edged out opponents Brandon Lillard and Lonnie Tuthill. Lillard trailed Weaver with 2,214 votes or 41.75 percent, followed by Tuthill with 138 or 2.60 percent.

Weaver was also the top vote getter in seven of the county’s nine precincts. Lillard was the top choice in Graves Mill with 24 of the 48 votes cast. Weaver received 19 and Tuthill five. Lillard also received the most absentee votes with 178 compared to Weaver’s 173 and Tuthill’s 12. Etlan voters were split down the middle with 129 each for Weaver and Lillard and six for Tuthill.

Meanwhile, several incumbents running unopposed will retain their seats for an additional term. Commonwealth’s attorney Clarissa Berry received 4,563 votes with 82 write-in selections submitted. Commissioner of revenue Brian Daniel received 4,664 votes with 40 write-ins. Treasurer Stephanie Murray received 4,791 votes with 21 write-ins.

Incumbent supervisor Charlotte Hoffman received 3,332 votes to retain her spot on the board while newcomer Carty Yowell received 3,738. Citizens submitted 86 write-in votes. Yowell will replace supervisor Jonathon Weakley who did not seek reelection.

School board member Karen Allen received 4,017 votes to retain her seat while newcomer Angela Eichelberger received 2,754. There were 65 write-in votes. Eichelberger will fill the seat currently being occupied by interim board member Cathy McGhee who was chosen to serve the remainder of the late Bob Chappell’s term.

Madison County Director for the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District Stephen Hill received 2,986 votes while fellow director Lynn Graves received 3,808. The two will keep their seats as directors. There were 42 write-in votes.

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