Tewalt, Meza, Sealock win council seats

Eugene Tewalt
Jacob Meza
William Sealock Jr.
Front Royal Town Council candidate Jake Meza talks on his cell phone outside the Warren County Government Center on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily
Karen Winn, of Front Royal holds her dog Bubbie after voting at Warren County HIgh School on Tuesday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
Election official John Dorsey holds a roll of "I Voted" stickers inside Warren County High School on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily
Campaign signs cover the lawn outside the Front Royal Fire Department on Commerce Avenue on Election Day. Rich Cooley/Daily
Chloel Welch, 17, of Front Royal, holds a Clinton-Kaine sign along Commerce Avenue in Front Royal on Tuesday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
Voters line up outside the R.E. Santmyers Youth Center on 2nd Street in Front Royal to vote Tuesday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
Daniel Keller, left, of Lynchburg, and his friend Thomas McMahon, both 16, of Linden, campaign for Donald Trump along Commerce Avenue in Front Royal outside the R.E. Santmyers Youth Center on Tuesday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
Manubhai Patel, of Front Royal, exits a polling booth with his ballot after voting at Warren County High School on Tuesday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
Courtney Grove, 19, of Front Royal, pushes her ballot into the voting machine at Warren County High School on Tuesday afternoon. Grove voted for the first time on Election Day. Rich Cooley/Daily
Anne Knowles, of Front Royal, votes Tuesday at Warren County High School while her son Isaiah, 2, stands by her side. Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL – A couple of Town Council members held on to their seats and voters picked a new face in the general election Tuesday.

The race pitted five people running for three seats. Unofficial results provided by the Virginia Department of Elections showed that Councilman Eugene R. Tewalt and Councilman Jacob L. “Jake” Meza as well as newcomer William A. Sealock Jr. received the most votes to win the three seats. Michael D. “Mike” McCool and Robert M. Tennett Jr. also ran for council seats.

Vice Mayor Hollis W. Tharpe ran unopposed for mayor. Tharpe succeeds Mayor Timothy W. Darr, who did not seek another term. Councilman Bret Hrbek, whose term expires at the end of the year, did not seek re-election.

Tewalt said by phone Tuesday that he looks forward to working with his friend Sealock as well as the other members.

“Again I want to thank all of those that voted for me and I appreciate that and I’m there to support the town and do the best I can to make sure that the town goes forward,” Tewalt said.

Sealock, a member of the Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority board, expressed surprise at the results.

“I was a little shocked that the first time I ran for a political position as a non-politician and I won, I was just a little shocked,” Sealock said. “I feel extremely good about it and I owe a lot of thanks and gratitude to people that not only work for me, getting votes and talking to people on the phone but the many people that actually came out and voted.

“It was very rewarding to stand out there and talk to individuals who want to know about my background and that kind of thing,” Sealock added. “I’d like to get a lot of things done. I understand that I ran against some real good candidates.”

Sealock said he looks forward to working with Tewalt and Meza, commenting that the former has knowledge of the town he could use to get up to speed. Sealock also spoke highly of Meza.

Unofficial results showed that Sealock received 2,792 or 23.63 percent of the votes cast in the council race. Tewalt received 2,742 or 23.21 percent. Meza received 2,477 or 20.96 percent. McCool received 2,199 or 18.61 percent. Tennett received 1,477 or 12.5 percent. The results show that 128 write-in votes were cast or 1.08 percent.

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

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