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November 1, 2019

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Workers for Election Day

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Fauquier County election workers sign in voters at the Leeds Precinct polling place in November 2016.

Approximate number of paid poll workers who will staff Fauquier’s 20 voter polling places on Election Day.

Each polling place has a chief and assistant chief election official, who receive $200 and $150, respectively, according to General Registrar Alex Ables. All other poll workers receive $125, Mr. Ables said.

A precinct’s size determines staffing levels, which range from seven to 11 workers per polling place, general registrar said.

Fauquier has 51,010 voters eligible to vote Tuesday. Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election workers arrive by 5 a.m. and typically leave around 8 p.m. — meaning they earn about $8.33 an hour.


Candidates applied for the Warrenton police chief position by the deadline at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, according to town officials.

Warrenton advertised the position with a salary range of $95,000 to $120,000.

The selection process will include finalists’ interviews with a Virginia Police Chief’s Association panel and with a panel she assembles, said Town Manager Brandie Schaeffer, who has hiring authority.

The job has remained vacant since Chief Lou Battle suddenly retired in May 2018. The interim chief, Lt. Tim Carter recently turned down the job to manage the department that has a $3.5-million budget and the equivalent of 32 full-time positions.


Total amount the two candidates for Fauquier County commissioner of revenue had spent on their campaigns as of Oct. 24.

Independent candidate Angela Smith had spent $41,813.

Republican nominee Eric Maybach had spent $21,061.

Candidates had to file updated campaign finance reports with the Virginia Department of Elections by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

The election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5.

17 feet, 2 inches

Clearance at the lowest point for the new interchange bridge under construction at the south edge of Warrenton.

By next fall, the interchange will replace the intersection and traffic signals where the Eastern Bypass meets Business Routes 15/17/29.

The $26.9-million project will improve safety and flow for the average of 44,000 vehicles that pass through the intersection each day.


Revenue last month’s Warrenton Ghost Tours netted to help support the Fauquier Historical Society.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12.

With 342 participating, the tours took place on Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26. Leaving every half hour from the Old Jail, they featured nine stops, with each lasting five to seven minutes.

The tour program represents the Warrenton-based nonprofit’s biggest fundraiser
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