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Few local offices at stake in Southwest Virginia

Stephen Igo • Nov 5, 2018 at 9:30 PM

WISE — No local elected offices are on ballots in Wise and Lee counties, and only one uncontested local office in Scott, with the majority of local elected seats involving the city of Norton on city ballots for Tuesday's national elections.

Voters in Wise and Lee counties will cast ballots for a U.S. Senate seat with incumbent Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine challenged by Republican Corey A. Stewart and Libertarian Matt J. Walters, and for the 9th Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Rep. Morgan Griffith opposed by Democrat Anthony J. Flaccavento, and two proposed constitutional amendments.

Besides the two constitutional amendments shared by all ballots in Virginia, the only difference Scott County voters will see from Wise and Lee voters is to cast votes for Scott County commonwealth's attorney, with Andrew L. Johnson running unopposed.

Besides the senate and congressional bids on their ballots, Norton voters will also cast votes for City Council and School Board. Four candidates are up for three seats in each of those municipal government bodies.

Norton City Council candidates are Delores J. “Dee” Belcher, Joseph E. Fawbush, William J. Mays and G. Scott Addison Jr. Norton School Board candidates are Cody A. McElroy, Carol B. Caruso, Joe Brian Stallard and James Wesley Campbell.

Proposed state constitutional amendments are both taxation and finance questions. Both are yes or no voting options.

One of the proposed amendments would authorize the General Assembly to allow localities to provide a partial tax exemption for real property subject to recurrent flooding, if improvements have been made to address flooding.

Should voters approve, the General Assembly would be allowed to place restrictions or conditions on qualification for a tax exemption.

The other amendment would allow the surviving spouse of a 100 percent service connected disability veteran to move to a new principal place of residence owned by the surviving spouse to continue to claim a tax exemption.

Basically the amendment will allow the tax exemption to move with the surviving spouse should he or she choose to relocate to a new principal place of residence, a provision not provided in current law.

Polls open in Virginia at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

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