WISE — District 3 voters in Wise County booted longtime member of the Wise County School Board, Betty B. Cornett, in favor of challenger Donnese C. Kern on Tuesday.
Big Stone Gap and East Stone Gap voters made it a convincing win for Kern. Kern pulled a little more than 59 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s unofficial returns to Cornett’s 40.7 percent (1,183 Kern, 816 Cornett).
Two other incumbent School Board members were unopposed and will return for new four-year terms, including District 2’s Phillip F. Bates and District 4’s Nolan L. Kilgore, who is currently serving as the board chairman.
H. Wayne Leftwich of Pound will join Kern as the other new voice on the Wise County School Board beginning in January. Leftwich pulled 62.44 percent of the vote in District 1 to J.C. “Jay” Swiney III’s 36.42 percent (1,405 Leftwich-842 Swiney). Leftwich and Swiney were vying to fill the seat being vacated by Rocky Cantrell, who decided to make a bid for the county Board of Supervisors.
Cantrell’s bid to unseat incumbent Supervisor Ronnie L. Shortt came up short by exactly 100 votes in District 1. Shortt received 1,195 votes to Cantrell’s 1,095 (Shortt 52 percent, Cantrell 47.65 percent).
In other Wise County Board of Supervisors contests, incumbent District 4 Supervisor Robert E. “Robby” Robbins Jr. easily turned aside a challenge by Brenda M. Stallard. Robbins pulled 59 percent of the vote (1,219 votes) to Stallard’s 40.71 percent (841 votes).
District 3 incumbent Supervisor Virginia H. Meador and District 2 incumbent Supervisor Robert R. “Bob” Adkins were unopposed and will serve new four-year terms beginning in January.
In Norton, incumbent City Sheriff Carlos J. Noaks easily turned away a challenge by Ken G. Adams. Noaks received more than 72 percent of Tuesday’s vote to Adams’ tally of about 27.8 percent (623 Noaks to 240 Adams).
Norton Commissioner of Revenue Judy K. Miller and City Treasurer Barbara A. Muir were unopposed and will serve new four year terms starting in January.
Also re-elected on Tuesday was state Delegate Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, running unopposed in House District 1 that includes all of Lee and Scott counties and most of Wise County, including the city of Norton.
A. Benton Chafin Jr., R-Lebanon, was also running unopposed for House District 4 that includes four Wise County precincts. Chafin’s four Wise County precincts include North Coeburn, South Coeburn, West Pound and St. Paul.