Voters to pick local, U.S. leaders Tuesday

By Alex Bridges

Front Royal voters pick members of Town Council and a mayor in the town’s first November election on Tuesday.

The ballot features seven candidates for three seats on Town Council and one for mayor. Town Council and mayoral elections moved this year from May to November of the even-numbered years.

Candidates listed for Town Council are: Linda J. Allen, Alford D. Carter III, John P. Connolly, Bebhinn Cecilia Egger, N. Shae Parker, Robert M. Tennett Jr., Hollis L. Tharpe. Parker and Tharpe are running for re-election. Allen and Tennett have run in prior elections.

Timothy W. Darr is running for re-election as mayor. Jim Rogers is running as a write-in candidate.

This year also marks the first time Virginia’s Department of Elections will require that registered voters provide a photo ID at the polls to vote. Local voter registration offices have cameras and will take photographs of registered voters who do not have photo IDs. Voters who cannot show a photo ID at the polls can still vote by provisional ballot but have between noon the day following the election through noon Friday to go to their local voter registrar’s office and provide a photo ID.

Acceptable forms of photo ID are:

  • A valid Virginia driver’s license
  • A Department of Motor Vehicles-issued photo identification card
  • A valid U.S. passport
  • A valid employee photo ID card
  • Other government-issued photo ID card
  • A valid photo ID card issued by a college, university or other institution of higher education located in Virginia.

Warren County Voter Registrar Carol Tobin said last week that voters registering and checking their status or casting absentee ballots has remained steady this year.

Registration numbers fluctuate each election year as people move out of the area or the state, Tobin said. Rolls also are purged after voters become considered inactive. But the number of voters in Warren County has increased since the last November election in 2012.

Voters registered in Middletown and Stephens City can vote in town elections. In Middletown, D. Scott Fink, Jeffrey H. “Jeff” Pennington and Tom M. Simon are running unopposed. Pennington and Simon are running for re-election. John Copeland is not running.

In Stephens City, Michael P. “Mike” Grim is running for mayor. Councilman Roy Bowers is running as a write-in candidate for mayor. Longtime Mayor Joy Shull-Gellner stepped down earlier this year. Linden A. “Butch” Fravel Jr., Jason C. Nauman and Regina Swygert-Smith are running unopposed for three seats.

Voters in Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties also will select candidates running in national races. Democrat U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner is running for re-election against Republican Ed W. Gillespie, and Libertarian Party candidate Robert C. Sarvis. U.S. Rep. Robert W. “Bob” Goodlatte is running for re-election in the 6th Congressional District against Libertarian William M. “Will” Hammer and Elaine B. Hildebrandt, an independent.

Voters in the 10th Congressional District will choose from Republican Barbara J. Comstock, Democrat John W. Foust, Libertarian William B. Redpath, Dianne L. Blais and Brad Eickholt. Longtime U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf is not running for re-election.

Visit http://tiny.cc/55mmox for information about voting in Frederick County; http://tiny.cc/78mmox in Shenandoah County or http://tiny.cc/2anmox in Warren County, or http://elections.virginia.gov for general information provided by the state. Or call 665-5660 in Frederick County, 459-6195 in Shenandoah County or 635-4327 in Warren County

Voters also will decide whether or not Virginia should amend the state constitution to allow the General Assembly to exempt from real estate tax the property of a surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse lives in that real property as his principal place of residence and has not remarried.

The exemption would apply regardless of whether or not the spouse was killed in action prior to the effective date of the amendment. Nor would the exemption require the surviving spouse to have been living in the commonwealth at the time the spouse was killed in action. However, the exemption would only apply to real estate taxes to be paid on or after the effective date of legislation passed by the General Assembly.

The state constitution currently requires the General Assembly to grant the exemption to any veteran with a 100 percent, military-service connected, permanent and total disability as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com