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Outcome of Smyth's one contested local race seems clear as votes come in

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Election workers in Smyth County help voters navigate the process of casting their ballots on Election Day. 

While much of the attention surrounding today’s election focused on the gubernatorial race, Smyth County voters cast ballots for three seats on the board of supervisors and three school board posts. However, only one of those races was contested.

In that race, incumbent Saltville District Supervisor Roscoe Call appeared to easily defeat challenger Jackie Branson Jr., garnering more than 87% of the votes cast with three of the four precincts reporting at 8:30 p.m. At that time, Call was leading with 917 votes to Branson’s 93. At that point, 36 write-in votes had been cast.

In the Chilhowie District, incumbent Mike Sturgill, who was unopposed, received more than 1,380 votes of confidence with four of five precincts reporting.

In the Royal Oak District, newcomer Courtney Widener, a Smyth County Sheriff’s Office officer, who was also unopposed, will take that seat in January. He will replace Judy Wyant, a one-term supervisor who is not seeking re-election.

Also in that district, Paul Grinstead will return to the school board.

School board member Todd Williams will continue to represent the Chilhowie District.

In Saltville, Roger Frye will continue his work on the school board.

The counting in the statewide races, especially the contest among Republican Glenn Youngkin, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, and Libertarian Princess Blanding, is expected to continue on for some time.

In Smyth County, the GOP ticket of Youngkin, Winsome Sears for lieutenant governor, and Jason Miyares for attorney general easily took the majority of votes cast.

For the House of Delegates, Republicans Jeff Campbell, 6th District, and Israel O’Quinn, 5th District, sought re-election.

Smyth has 19,799 registered voters.

Election night results are reported by the Virginia Department of Elections but are unofficial.


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