By Kim Walter - firstname.lastname@example.org
Front Royal's town council will see three fresh faces starting July 1.
Bret W. Hrbek won with 515 votes, Eugene R. Tewalt followed with 514 votes, and Daryl Lee Funk took the last seat with 509 votes, according to unofficial results on the Virginia State Board of Elections website.
The numbers posted Tuesday night, with all six precincts reporting, showed each winning candidate receiving between 14.7 percent and 15 percent of the total votes.
Hrbek and Tewalt aren't new to the town's government. Hrbek served as vice mayor during Tewalt's tenure as mayor from 2008 to 2010. Hrbek works at Edward Jones in Front Royal, and Tewalt worked for the town for about 30 years.
Funk is a lawyer at Pond, Athey, Athey & Pond in Front Royal.
Hrbek said it was a "great day."
"It's an honor to receive the support from our community," he said after the results were posted. "I look forward to working and moving the town forward for the next four years."
Hrbek said he believes the three men will work well together on council, as they "have a lot of common ties."
"I think we'll bring some cohesiveness to the council," Tewalt said. He hopes to continue working on issues he was previously concerned with, like tourism, water and sewer issues in the U.S. 522 corridor and relationships with Warren County.
As for the final results, Tewalt said he was surprised.
"I thought one of the incumbents would've definitely won," he said. "I guess the voters tell the story."
-- All election results are unofficial until certified by the Virginia State Board of Elections. More information is available at http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/