Incumbents dominate town elections

by Audrey Thomasson

KILMARNOCK—A light voter turnout Tuesday was reflected in the sparse number of votes it took to get elected in Lancaster’s three incorporated towns. According to unofficial results posted by the Virginia Department of Elections, the edge went to incumbents in the county’s 2018 town elections.

In Kilmarnock, mayor Mae P. Umphlett ran unopposed, garnering 122 votes. There were four write-in votes.

Four candidates were vying for three seats on the Kilmarnock council. Retaining their seats are Curtis Henry Smith with 113 votes and Emerson Gravatt with 101 votes. They will be joined by Leslie E. “Les” Spivey with 86 votes.  Newcomer R.C. “Chris” Harris lost with 61 votes.

In Irvington, three council seats were up for grabs. Jackie Y. Brown took a commanding lead with 118 votes, followed by B. W. “Bonnie” Schaschek with 98  and Wayne Nunnally with 94.  The three edged out Albert D. “Tripp” Bugg III with 81 votes and Mary Cary “Cay” Bradley with 79 votes. There were two write-ins.

All the White Stone candidates ran unopposed. Mayor Randy S. Reeves Sr. won with 21 votes.

Three candidates were vying for three council seats. Melinda Sliakis George took 20 votes followed by incumbents Irving Brittingham with 19 votes, and Randy S. Reeves Jr. with 18 votes. There were no write-ins.

There are 998 registered voters in Kilmarnock, 412 in Irvington, and 245 in White Stone.