New vote count does not influence outcome of Clarke County School Board race | Winchester Star


BERRYVILLE – The final count of the Nov. 8 election did not garner enough new votes to change the outcome of the Clarke County School Board race.

After completing a canvass, the county board of elections certified the results of the five local races as official on Monday. Each candidate whose name appeared on the ballots ultimately received slightly more votes than originally announced.

However, the race for the school board‘s Russell district seat was the only one in which more than one candidate stood.

Andrew MacDonald, the holder, kept his victory. The final results showed MacDonald received 938 votes while his only challenger, Leigh Carley, garnered 593 votes. Those totals reflected seven more votes for MacDonald and three more votes for Carley.

The Russell District contest was a special election. MacDonald had been appointed by the school board last fall to temporarily replace a member who had resigned. His victory on November 8 will see him retain his seat until he is up for a full four-year term next November.

In another special election, Berkeley Reynolds retained her seat on the Boyce City Council, having been the only candidate to run. Certified election results showed Reynolds garnering 246 votes, five more than originally announced.

Reynolds, whom the council had appointed, was temporarily filling the seat that Zack Hudson relinquished when he was elected mayor. She will retain the seat until it is also up for grabs next November for a full four-year term.

Berryville has had three city council races. In two, the incumbents were not challenged. In the other, the only candidate won.

The solicitation brought 15 more votes to Erecka Gibson’s total for vice mayor, ultimately giving her 1,696.

Gibson currently serves as the recorder. With state permission, the seat title will change to vice mayor effective Jan. 1 to reflect common terminology used by local governments today.

Ward 2 councilor Diane Harrison retains her seat with 316 votes, two more than originally announced.

In Ward 4, Ryan Tibbens garnered 472 votes, also two more than originally announced. His victory means he will succeed Kara Rodriguez, who did not seek re-election.

In the five local races, a total of 81 write-in votes were cast. The highest tally for a particular race was 59 for the vice mayor of Berryville. Entries for the other races were in the single digits.

Clarke County Registrar General/Electoral Officer Barbara Bosserman said she did not recall any specific names written on the ballots. She said the Electoral Council did not discuss written registrations.

Turnout for the Nov. 8 election, which also included a race for the State House, was 58.5%, Bosserman said. It was half a percent more than originally advertised.

“It was around the typical turnout for an election like this,” Bosserman said.

By comparison, elections that include presidential races typically have turnout around 80%, she said.

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