Precinct-by-precinct look at the Shenandoah School Board elections

Winners of the Shenandoah County School Board elections on Tuesday night, incumbents, R.L. “Rick” Koontz Jr. and Sonya Williams-Giersch, as well as newcomer Cyndy D. Walsh, didn’t win in all precincts, according to unofficial results provided by the Virginia Department of Elections.

District 2 representative Koontz, who lives in Mount Jackson, won in the Mount Jackson precinct, but lost to Joanie B. Hovatter in the Conicville precinct and absentee ballots cast.

Koontz ran against Barbara C. Bliss and Hovatter for the seat. He was re-elected with 685 votes, or 40.68 percent, only 6 votes above Hovatter.

Walsh, the new District 3 representative who lives in Edinburg, won in the Edinburg, Fort Valley and St. Luke precincts, but like Koontz, was second in absentee ballots cast.

Walsh ran against D. Roger Barbee and Steve D. Wood. In January, Walsh will replace Kathryn Holsinger, who chose not to seek another term on the board. Walsh won with 799 votes, or 38.54 percent. Barbee was selected in the majority of absentee ballots cast.

District 6 representative Williams-Giersch, who lives in Strasburg, won in both the Strasburg precinct and absentee ballots.

Williams-Giersch, who ran against Van C. Holmes III for the seat, was re-elected with 838 votes, or 75.36 percent.

Breakdown of precinct results:

District 2

Mount Jackson:

• Koontz, 44.3 percent
• Hovatter, 37.40 percent
• Bliss, 18.17 percent


• Koontz 38.24 percent
• Hovatter 42.01 percent
• Bliss 19.63 percent


• Koontz, 29.63 percent
• Hovatter, 53.70 percent
• Bliss, 16.67 percent

District 3


• Walsh, 37.02 percent
• Wood, 33.81 percent
• Barbee, 28.93 percent

Fort Valley:

• Walsh 40.26 percent
• Wood 28.16 percent
• Barbee 31.32 percent

St. Luke:

• Walsh 39.58 percent
• Wood 38.21 percent
• Barbee 22.08 percent


• Walsh 34.04 percent
• Wood 29.79 percent
• Barbee 36.17 percent

District 6


• Williams-Giersch,  75.41 percent
• Holmes, of Strasburg, 24.22 percent


• Williams-Giersch 73.08 percent
• Holmes 26.92 percent

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or