Thatcher, incumbents win Stephens City Council seats

Kelly Thatcher, who won a seat on the Stephens City Town Council on Tuesday, takes a photo of Chris and Cole Fletcher outside of the Robert E. Aylor Middle School polling place. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

STEPHENS CITY – Kelly Ann Thatcher will join two incumbents on the Stephens City Town Council, according to unofficial results from the Virginia Department of Elections.

Ronald Bowers and Joseph Hollis kept their council seats on Tuesday with 435 and 386 votes respectively. Steven Happek, a member of the town’s Planning Commission and small business owner, received 313 votes.

Thatcher is a member of the Frederick County Republican Committee and has served on the town’s Historic Preservation Commission for about a year. She took the largest margin of 28 percent with 458 votes.

“I can’t wait to start working with Town Council and continue to make Stephens City a great little community,” she said. “I’m very thankful for everybody that supported me.”

Bowers is Stephens City’s vice mayor, chairman of both the Public Safety Committee and Parks and Recreation Committee and has been on Town Council since 1988. Hollis has been on Town Council for 14 years and is chair of the Finance Committee. Both incumbents expressed their appreciation to citizens for placing their confidence in them for reelection.

Ron Bowers

Thatcher said voter turnout was encouraging. She was present at the Robert E. Aylor Middle School polling place from around 5:45 a.m. till closing at 7 p.m. She said voters formed a long line in the early morning but it had dissipated by around 11 a.m.

“It was amazing. I met a lot of people today,” she said. “Everybody was very friendly – people who were on both sides.”

Damie Malone, 39, cast her vote Tuesday for Hillary Clinton because “Donald Trump scares the hell out of me.”

She said she had checked in on CNN’s website while at work to see if there’s been any voter unrest, but said the electronic voting at Aylor went smoothly.

“There’s more people here than normal, when I’ve come to vote … even in the last election,” she said.

Joseph Hollis

Both Chris Fletcher, 45, and Cole Fletcher, 18, said they voted for Donald Trump. Voting for the first time, Cole Fletcher voiced support for the proposed constitutional amendment allowing a property tax exemption for the spouse of a deceased first responder.

Chris Fletcher said they both voted Republican down the ballot.

“I just feel strongly that Trump will do a good job and that he has a chance to make America great again, and with Clinton I just don’t see that possibility,” he said.

Mike Foreback, 57, said this is the first election he’s voted in, casting his Trump vote for the sake of his 8- and 11-year-old children and saying “it’s not about me, it’s about them.”

“I trust in the Lord and a lot of things that’s going on is totally against that,” he said. “The decision made today will be made by the Lord, I do believe in that.”

Kelly Ann Thatcher

Ryan Fout, 27, said he voted along party lines since he didn’t have a lot of information on the 10th District race.

“I just really would prefer that a racist bigot not be president, so I voted for Hillary,” he said.

Timothy Butler, 36, said he voted for Barbara Comstock for her stance on the Second Amendment and voted for Trump in the presidential election.

“For one, Hillary’s just a joke … she’s just very untrustworthy in my opinion,” he said. “I think that she’s probably run one scandal too many in her time.”

Natalie Capps, 25, said she couldn’t morally vote for either Clinton or Trump, so she voted Libertarian, “which is not something that I normally do.”

“Did I like the Libertarian candidate? Not particularly, but he was just the lesser of all the evils,” she said. “Even though it might be throwing away my vote, I still stood up and said I don’t want either of them as president.”

Capps said she was pleased with LuAnn Bennett but wasn’t aware of the Town Council election.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com