County election

Pittsylvania County saw several, heated tightly-contested races, as well as many candidates running unopposed. 

In a two-candidate race for the Pittsylvania County commissioner of the revenue, Robin Coles-Goard, who currently serves as the deputy commissioner of revenue, won nearly 60% of the 14,813 votes and beat out challenger Kristin Worsham.  

After switching to staggered terms in 2015, supervisor and school board positions were up for grabs in four districts: Chatham-Blairs, Westover, Tunstall and Staunton River.

In a three-candidate race for the Tunstall supervisor position, challenger Vic Ingram received over 48% of the 2,512 votes, usurping incumbent Tim Barber, who had held the position for the past 16 years and received 42% of the votes. Hugh "Dot" Kelly also ran, but received just under 9% of the total votes. 

For the supervisor position in the Westover District, incumbent Ronald Scarce beat out challenger Jackie Menefee, receiving nearly 70% of the 2,436 votes. 

Bob Warren ran unopposed to maintain his position as the supervisor for the Chatham-Blairs District, while newcomer Timothy Dudley also ran unopposed to take up the Staunton River District supervisor seat, previously occupied by Elton Blackstock. 

Several races simply involved an incumbent running unopposed. Mike Taylor retained his position as sheriff, Bryan Haskins ran unrivaled to keep his post as commonwealth attorney, and Vincent Shorter ran unopposed to remain the Pittsylvania County treasurer.

For the county school board, two of the four races were contested. Newcomer Kevin Mills usurped Todd Sanders for the Westover District seat, winning over 53% of the 2,103 votes, while incumbent Sam Burton fended off newcomer Lyndsey Dotterer with nearly 60% of the votes. 

Incumbent Don Moon ran unopposed to maintain his seat in the Staunton River District, while newcomer George Henderson ran unopposed in the Tunstall district. 

Shirley Barksdale-Hill received almost 42% of the votes and won a three-way race for a spot on the Hurt town council, while Gary Hodnett ran unopposed for the other Hurt position. Teresa Easley ran unopposed  for a position on Chatham's town council.

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Ayers reports for the Register & Bee. Reach him at (434) 791-7981.

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