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Swinehart retains seat; Gravatt elected mayor

Harmony Village District voters kept their supervisor and Town of Urbanna voters elected a new mayor in the Tuesday, November 6, Middlesex County elections.

Kathy H. Swinehart retained her seat on the Middlesex Board of Supervisors in Harmony Village District. She collected 500 votes (56.63%) compared to 379 votes (42.92%) collected by challenger Robert A. Crump. Swinehart’s newly-elected term will run through December 31, 2019.

In Urbanna, current town council member Diane S. Gravatt edged current mayor Steven S. Hollberg by 13 votes to become the town’s new mayor on January 1, 2019. Gravatt collected 148 votes (52.3%) compared to 135 votes (47.7%) votes for Hollberg. Gravatt was elected to a 2-year term.

Four current town council members were re-elected—Larry S. Chowning, Boyd C. Wiley, George H. DeVries and Barbara M. Hartley. They will be joined on council by newcomers William H. Smith and William T. Goldsmith. All were elected to 2-year terms beginning January 1, 2019.

Council vote totals were: Chowning 257, Wiley 181, DeVries 157, Smith 154, Hartley 141, Goldsmith 139, Tyler W. Burgess 137, current council member Marjorie Austin 88, and Clayton A. Chandler 62.

In the District 1 House of Representatives election, Republican incumbent Rob Wittman received 3,327 votes (64.88%) in Middlesex compared to 1,797 (35.04%) votes for Democrat Vangie Williams. District-wide, Witt-man was easily re-elected to a sixth straight 2-year term with about 56% of the vote.

In the U.S. Senate race statewide, incumbent Democrat Tim Kaine was re-elected to a second 6-year term with 56.8% of the vote compared to 41.2% for Republican challenger Corey Stewart and 1.9% for Libertarian Matt Waters. In Middlesex, Stewart received 3.013 votes (58.78%) compared to 2,028 votes (39.56%) for Kaine, and 83 (1.62%) for Waters.

On the two Constitutional Amendments on the ballot, Middlesex voters joined the state in overwhelmingly approving both.

On Question 1, which deals with a partial tax exemption for real property that is subject to recurrent flooding, there were 3,103 (62.37%) yes votes in Middlesex, compared to 1,872 (37.63%) no votes.

On Question 2, which dealt with a tax exemption on a primary residence currently provided to surviving spouses of veterans, 4,113 (82.13%) county voters cast yes ballots and 895 (17.87%) cast no ballots.

posted 11.08.2018

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