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Meals tax, Hartfield supervisor seat are on ballot

Six candidates filed for five board seats in Middlesex County that will be on the ballot as part of the general election on November 5.

The Board of Supervisors seat for Hartfield District is the only contested seat, and Trudy V. Feigum and Robert L. LeBoeuf are the candidates. The seat is currently held by Carlton Revere, who is not seeking another term.

The remainder of the Middlesex ballot consists of unopposed incumbents.

Peter W. “Pete” Mansfield is seeking a second term on the Middlesex Board of Supervisors representing Saluda District. 

Richard J. Shores is seeking another term on the Middlesex Public School Board representing Saluda District.

Garland Harrow is seeking another term as the Pinetop District representative on the Middlesex Public School Board. The term for this seat will be 2 years instead of the usual 4 years to coincide with the term of Beth Hurd, the Pinetop District Board of Supervisors member whose term expires December 31, 2015. Beginning in 2015, the terms of members of the Board of Supervisors and the School Board will run simultaneously by district, as required by the State Code.

A special election will be held during the November 5 general election to elect the Clerk of the Middlesex Circuit Court. Lynn Dunlevy, who was appointed interim clerk when Peggy Walton retired last year, is the lone candidate to fill the unexpired term of about 2 years. All Middlesex registered voters are eligible to vote in the election for clerk.

Also on November 5, Middlesex County voters will cast ballots for or against a meals tax referendum. The referendum is binding, meaning that if voters approve the meals tax referendum, it will be enacted.

Called the “Food and Beverage Tax” referendum, it reads: “Should the Board of Supervisors levy a Food and Beverage Tax within Middlesex County, Virginia.” The revenues collected from the tax shall be designated and spent as follows:

  1. One-half of such revenue shall be designated for general fund revenue and expenditures for fire, rescue and emergency services within the locality.

  2. One-half of such revenue shall be designated and spent solely for the design, construction, improvement, acquisition, and debt service for such expenses on debt incurred after June 30, 2014, for the development of capital projects within the locality.

Also on November 5, Middlesex voters will join those across the 98th District in electing a representative to the Virginia House of Delegates. The candidates are Republican incumbent M. Keith Hodges of Urbanna and Independent Geneva Love “Neena” Putt of Mathews.

Middlesex voters will join others across the state in electing a governor, lieutenant governor and an attorney general.

Gubernatorial candidates include Democrat Terry R. McAuliffe, Republican Ken T. Cuccinelli II, and Libertarian Robert C. Sarvis.

Lieutenant governor candidates are Democrat Ralph S. Northam and Republican E.W. Jackson.

Running for attorney general are Democrat Mark R. Herring and Republican Mark D. Obenshain.

posted 10.30.2013

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