LeBoeuf wins Hartfield seat; meals tax adopted
Middlesex County voters approved a food and beverage (meals) tax referendum Tuesday by a surprisingly large margin—2,168 (56.84%) in favor and 1,646 (43.16%) against.
The Meals Tax Referendum won a majority of votes in all seven county voting precincts.
Similar referendums on a meals tax in Middlesex had been defeated in 1999, 2005 and 2010.
In the only local contested race on Tuesday’s ballot, Robert L. “Bob” LeBoeuf won the Hartfield District seat on the Middlesex Board of Supervisors. LeBoeuf received 468 votes (54.87%) compared to 384 votes (45.02%) for Trudy V. Feigum.
On January 1, 2014, LeBoeuf will begin a four-year term on the board, replacing current Hartfield District supervisor Carlton Revere, who opted not to seek re-election.
In uncontested county races, incumbent Peter W. “Pete” Mansfield won a second four-year term as the Saluda District representative on the Board of Supervisors. Mansfield received 685 votes (98.99%).
Incumbent Garland Harrow won a two-year term as the Pinetop District representative on the Middlesex School Board. Harrow received 685 votes (99.63%).
Incumbent Richard Shores won a four-year term as the Saluda District representative on the Middlesex School Board. Shores received 705 votes (99.44%). Shores is currently in his 14th year on the school board.
Lynn L. Dunlevy won a special election for Middlesex Clerk of the Court to complete the remaining two years of the 8-year term of former clerk Peggy Walton, who retired last year. Dunlevy has been serving as interim clerk since Walton’s retirement. Dunlevy received 3,395 votes (99.74%).
Hodges received over 70% of the votes in all six counties in the district—Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex. In Middlesex, Hodges received 2,809 votes (77.26%) compared to 818 votes (22.5%) for Putt.
In Middlesex, Cuccinelli received 2,131 votes (54.39%) compared to 1,375 votes (35.09%) for McAuliffe and 391 (9.98%) for Sarvis. Cuccinelli carried six of the county’s seven voting precincts. McAuliffe received a slight majority of the votes in Church View District.
In the Lieutenant Governor election, Democrat Ralph S. Northam was elected with 1,207,205 votes (55.14%) compared to 973,889 votes (44.49%) for Republican E.W. Jackson.
In Middlesex, Northam received 1,903 votes (50.09%) compared to 1,891 votes (49.78%) for Jackson.
At press time, the Attorney General election was extremely close. With 2555 of the 2558 precincts reporting, Democrat Mark R. Herring had 1,098,418 votes (49.91%) compared to 1,097,877 votes (49.88%) for Republican Mark D. Obenshain.
In Middlesex, Obenshain received 2,376 votes (61.89%) compared to 1,458 votes (37.98%) for Herring.