Staunton, Waynesboro Prep for Council & School Board Elections
Elections for Staunton and Waynesboro City Council and school board seats are Tuesday.
Eight candidates are vying for three openings in the Staunton City Council race. The four candidates in Waynesboro are running unopposed. However, election officials have an important reason why - no matter what - you should still vote.
Historically, May elections in Staunton have only brought out a fraction of the voting population. But this year, with so many candidates competing for limited positions, General Registrar Amanda DiMeo thinks that could change.
"Last council election, we had no contest. We had several people for school board, but there was no contest for council. So, this is much more interesting to people,” said DiMeo.
In the last election cycle in 2012, the turnout in Staunton only hit 11 percent.
"We'll see what tomorrow brings as far as people getting out to the polls,” said DiMeo.
The following people are running for the coveted Staunton City Council openings - incumbent Carolyn Dull, web developer Sean Harvey, restaurant owner Terry Holmes, TV producer Virginia Kivlighan, schoolteacher Shelley Bryant, retired parole officer Walter Obenschain and retired businessman Kenneth Venable.
In Waynesboro, General Registrar Lisa Wooten does not anticipate such excitement.
"They're all uncontested, which is going to make for a pretty long day for election officials,” said Wooten.
Dimeo says it takes a lot of effort to run the elections.
"This election requires just as much expense and resources and preparation as the presidential election, so whether or not people vote - it's still costing them as taxpayers,” said DiMeo.
One hundred absentee ballots have already come in out of Staunton - that's out of the approximate 15,300 registered voters.
Polls open Tuesday at 6 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m.
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