Election results show support varied by precinct

Shenandoah County Electoral Board members Jeanne Russell, from left, vice chair, County Registrar Lisa McDonald,  secretary Beverley Fleming and Joyce Gary, chair, canvass election results  in the Registrar's Office. Rich Cooley/Daily

Shenandoah County Electoral Board members Jeanne Russell, from left, vice chair, County Registrar Lisa McDonald, secretary Beverley Fleming and Joyce Gary, chair, canvass election results in the Registrar's Office. Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK – Not all winners in Shenandoah County’s elections Tuesday received across-the-board support from voters.

Unofficial results showed that candidates who emerged victorious in local races carried enough voting precincts to win but not always all of them. In one case, a candidate running for re-election to the Board of Supervisors did not carry the precinct in which he and his neighbors vote.

In the five-way race for clerk of the circuit court, Sarona S. Irvin won election to her first, eight-year term as clerk. Irvin fended off challenges by David A. George, Tammy L. Heishman, Adam M. Sharp and Lisa M. Long.

George had the support of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee and campaigned on a platform that criticized Irvin, as chief deputy clerk, for managing the office while receiving negative audits. Sharp ran as the Democratic Party candidate.

Results show that George carried Orkney Springs and New Market precincts. Irvin carried Conicville, Edinburg, St. Luke, Woodstock and Lebanon Church. However, Heishman, who also ran as an independent, carried Mount Jackson, Fort Valley, Cedar Creek, Toms Brook and Strasburg. Heishman came in second place in six of the precincts and, in a few instances, beating out George. Sharp took fourth place in all but three precincts.

Voters also went to the polls in three of the six districts for the Board of Supervisors. District 2 Supervisor Steven A. Baker defeated challenger Michael N. Wakeman. Results show that Wakeman carried the Conicville precinct while Baker took Mount Jackson by a wider margin. More absentee ballots were cast for Baker than Wakeman. Baker and Wakeman vote in Conicville precinct, according to information provided by the Virginia Department of Elections.

In District 3, Supervisor David E. Ferguson lost his re-election bid to newcomer Richard R. Walker. Ferguson received more absentee ballot votes than Walker. However, Walker carried both St. Luke and Fort Valley precincts. Ferguson carried the Edinburg precinct where he votes. Walker votes in the St. Luke precinct.

In District 6, Supervisor Conrad A. Helsley ran an independent campaign to keep his seat for a fourth term. He fended off challenges from S. John Massoud, Strasburg Town Councilman Robert B. “Bob” Baker and former councilwoman Sarah K. Mauck. Helsley received the most votes by absentee ballot. Helsley also carried the lone Strasburg precinct though the voting margin was much more narrow among the four candidates.

Clerk of the Circuit Court results
Absentee:
• Irvin 30.82 percent
• Heishman 24.26 percent
• George 22.95 percent
• Sharp 13.11 percent
• Long 8.52 percent

Orkney Springs:
• George 31.09 percent
• Heishman 24.83 percent
• Irvin 23.43 percent
• Sharp 15.08 percent
• Long 5.57 percent

New Market
• George 26.22 percent
• Heishman 24.25 percent
• Irvin 22.16 percent
• Long 18.42 percent
• Sharp 8.74 percent

Conicville
• Irvin 37.18 percent
• Heishman 33.67 percent
• George 17.63 percent
• Long 5.76 percent
• Sharp 5.65 percent

Mount Jackson
• Heishman 37.27 percent
• Irvin 26.92 percent
• George 17.77 percent
• Long 10.88 percent
• Sharp 7.03 percent

Edinburg
• Irvin 40.58 percent
• Heishman 26.40 percent
• George 22.79 percent
• Sharp 5.81 percent
• Long 4.42 percent

St. Luke
• Irvin 38.93 percent
• Heishman 27.46 percent
• George 24.97 percent
• Sharp 5.92 percent
• Long 2.72 percent

Fort Valley
• Heishman 33.58 percent
• Irvin 29.63 percent
• George 22.96 percent
• Sharp 7.9 percent
• Long 5.93 percent

Woodstock
• Irvin 38.81 percent
• George 28.48 percent
• Heishman 18.41 percent
• Sharp 9.76 percent
• Long 4.48 percent

Cedar Creek
• Heishman 31.67 percent
• Irvin 28.33 percent
• George 23.33 percent
• Sharp 10 percent
• Long 6.67 percent

Toms Brook
• Heishman 32.24 percent
• Irvin 28.66 percent
• George 26.10 percent
• Sharp 8.39 percent
• Long 4.61 percent

Lebanon Church
• Irvin 31.09 percent
• Heishman 29.78 percent
• George 26.78 percent
• Sharp 6.93 percent
• Long 5.24 percent

Strasburg
• Heishman 28.51 percent
• George 28.15 percent
• Irvin 24.33 percent
• Sharp 14.56 percent
• Long 4.26 percent

District 2 Board of Supervisors
Absentee
• Baker 58.93 percent
• Wakeman 41.07 percent

Conicville
• Wakeman 51.35 percent
• Baker 48.42 percent

Mount Jackson
• Baker 56.64 percent
• Wakeman 43.36 percent

District 3 Board of Supervisors
Absentee
• Ferguson 50.98 percent
• Walker 49.02 percent

Edinburg
Ferguson 52.37 percent
Walker 47.63 percent

St. Luke
• Walker 53.86 percent
• Ferguson 45.9 percent

Fort Valley
• Walker 53.28 percent
• Ferguson 46.72 percent

District 6 Board of Supervisors
Absentee
• Helsley 54.55 percent
• Baker 33.33 percent
• Massoud 6.06 percent
• Mauck 6.06 percent

Strasburg
• Helsley 31.69 percent
• Massoud 27.2 percent
• Baker 20.64 percent
• Mauck 20.47 percent

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

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