WISE — Voters take control in Virginia on Tuesday o settle a tumultuous gubernatorial campaign season, select a lieutenant governor and state attorney general, and decide local contests across the commonwealth.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
In Wise County, four seats each are on ballots for the Board of Supervisors and county School Board, while the Norton has just one contested municipal office up for grabs.
Besides the statewide offices, Wise County voters will also find uncontested choices for the House of Delegates with Delegate Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, unopposed for reelection over much of the county and A. Benton Chafin Jr., R-Lebanon, running unopposed in four Wise County precincts for the seat left open by retiring 4th District Delegate Joe Johnson, D-Abingdon.
Kilgore’s District 1 encompasses all of Lee and Scott counties and all but four Wise County precincts, including Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Clinch Valley, Dorchester, East Stone Gap, Guest River, East Pound and Wise. The House District 4 precincts in Wise County that will bear Chafin on the ballot are North Coeburn, South Coeburn, West Pound and St. Paul.
Wise County and Norton voters will play their role in selecting a new governor. Candidates are Republican Virginia Attorney General Ken T. Cuccinelli II, Democrat Terry R. McAuliffe, and Libertarian Robert C. Sarvis of Annandale.
Democrat Ralph S. Northan and Republican E.W. Jackson are the choices for lieutenant governor, and Republican Mark D. Obenshain and Democrat Mark R. Herring are vying for state attorney general.
In Wise County’s District 1 for the Board of Supervisors, incumbent Ronnie L. Shortt is being challenged by Rocky C. Cantrell. District 2 and District 3 Supervisors Robert R. ‘Bob’ Adkins and Virginia Meador, respectively, are unopposed in their re-election bids. District 4 incumbent Supervisor Robert E. ‘Robby’ Robbins Jr. is being challenged by Brenda M. Stallard of Coeburn.
Cantrell currently sits on the Wise County School Board but is giving up a re-election bid in order to challenge Shortt for the Board of Supervisors. Vying to take Cantrell’s place on the county School Board in District 1 is H. Wayne Leftwich of Pound and J.C. ‘Jay’ Swiney III of Appalachia.
Seeking re-election to the Wise County School Board unopposed are District 2’s Phillip F. Bates and District 4’s Nolan L. Kilgore. In District 3, Donnese C. Kern is challenging incumbent School Board member Betty B. Cornett.
Besides the statewide offices and Kilgore’s unopposed re-election to the House of Delegates, Norton voters will decide the only locally contested race between incumbent Norton Sheriff Carlos Noaks and his challenger, Ken Adams. Incumbent Norton Commissioner of Revenue Judy Miller and City Treasurer Barbara Muir are unopposed in their re-election bids.
There are just under 24,000 registered voters in Wise County and 2,378 registered voters in Norton. All voting locations for all precincts in Wise County and Norton are the same as for past elections.