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Staunton City Council Election Sees High Turnout

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A hotly contested City Council race in Staunton brought out a higher than expected voter turnout. Eight candidates were fighting for three council seats but Tuesday night, R. Terry Holmes, Carolyn Dull, and Walt Obenschain are victorious.

Holmes spent the day at the polls and in the sun. Now he's celebrating, and says he's excited and exhausted.

“I didn't sleep at all last night. I was a bit nervous, so I didn't get any sleep last night,” Holmes said.

But with 22 percent of votes, Holmes was right near the top.

“I felt really good today about it. And I'm lucky I had a lot of people that really supported me,” he said.

Dull got nearly 23 percent of the votes, only 43 votes more than Holmes. She will keep her seat on Staunton City Council.

“I'm humbled by the confidence that the city residents have shown in me and I promise to do the best job I can,” Dull said.

Walt Obenschain, who was busy caring for his wife Tuesday night, got more than 16 percent.

Councilman Jim Herrington says he's looking forward to working with the newest members.

“I think it was a great race. All eight candidates worked hard. I felt real proud of Staunton throughout the whole process. I'm delighted with the outcome,” Herrington said.

Nearly 7,000 registered voters cast their ballots Tuesday.

There were also openings on the school board, but those seats ran uncontested.

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