Carlos, Polster and Nevill win Warrenton elections
Political newcomer Renard Carlos easily won a Warrenton Town Council seat in Tuesday’s election, and Carter Nevill breezed to victory as the next mayor.
Councilman Sean Polster (At-large) led all Warrenton candidates with 1,125 votes to win a second, four-year term.
Mr. Carlos, 29, finished second in a three-way race for two at-large seats. He received 998 votes.
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Incumbent Linda “Sunny” Reynolds lost her re-election bid, finishing third in the council race with 500 votes.
A 19-year-old paralegal and student, Grace Rigby received 478 votes for mayor. Mr. Nevill on July 1 will succeed Mayor Powell Duggan, stepping down after one term.
Turnout hit 22.2 percent in Warrenton, as 1,499 citizens cast ballots. The town has 6,744 registered voters.
“People are passionate about this town and I'm humbled they trusted me to take council forward,” Mr. Nevill said Tuesday night.
The 48-year-old Main Street merchant added: “I feel energized, excited. I’m ready to get to work . . . . Thank you to everyone who supported me . . . and thanks to Grace on her efforts on behalf of the town.”
A town native and medical equipment sales manager, Mr. Carlos unseated Ms. Reynolds by a 2-to-1 vote margin. His campaign stressed change and younger citizens.
“We are very grateful,” Mr. Carlos said. “A lot of people agreed that Warrenton needed a fresh perspective.
“I’m very thankful for the vote of confidence and its time to bring folks together, listen to our citizens and get to work.”
Mr. Polster said he learned a great deal from his first campaign four years ago, when he and Ms. Reynolds defeated veteran Councilmen Roger Martella and David Norden.
In the last six weeks, Mr. Polster said he walked almost 100 miles going door-to-door to talk with citizens. He had an army of volunteers and campaign signs all over town.
“I got out and listened to people,” said Mr. Polster, 47. “That’s what it’s all about . . . . I’ve learned that our community is diverse, and the issues are different depending on where you live.”
Of getting the most votes in Tuesday’s election, the professional firefighter/medic said: “I’m humbled.”
Ms. Reynolds, who also served from 1995 to ’98 on the council, said: “I think I ran a great campaign. I always had the town’s best interest at heart.”
The tour guide and photographer added: “There were a lot of negative forces working against me . . . . I chose to take the high road and run a clean campaign. That’s my personality.”
Her supporters Tuesday filed complaints with the State Board of Elections in which they allege that an unregistered political action committee made “robo” calls and distributed literature harshly critical of Ms. Reynolds. Failing to register as a PAC would violate Virginia election law.
Former Councilman Yak Lubowsky also emailed an anti-Reynolds letter to voters Monday night.
> Carter Nevill, 998 votes
Grace E. Rigby, 478
> Sean Polster, 1,125 votes
> Renard Carlos, 998
Linda “Sunny” Reynolds, 500
M. Keith MacDonald, 30 (dropped out but remained on ballot)
All four incumbents won town council re-election, and two newcomers — Susan Tiffany and Marcus Bones — also got elected Tuesday.
Mayor Gerald Billingsley, who got 45 votes, had no opponent.
Remington had voter turnout of 15.5 percent. Of 348 registered voters, 54 cast ballots.
> Van M. Loving, 43 votes
> Devada R. Allison Jr., 41
> Susan L. Tiffany*, 41
> Stanley L. Heaney Sr., 37
> Marcus W. Bones*, 36
> Evan H. Ashby III, 36
Pamela A. Cook*, 32
* = Newcomer
Gerald Billingsley, 45 votes
All three town council incumbents won re-election, with an equal number of seats on the ballot.
The Plains led voter turnout among Fauquier towns Tuesday, with 25.7 percent of those registered casting ballots. Fifty-four of the eligible 210 residents of The Plais voted.
> Heidi H. Van Voorhies, 45
> Lori B. Sisson, 40
> Joyce W. Heflin, 32
Kevin J. Henry*, 19
* = Newcomer
> Click below to watch Renard Carlos react to his election Tuesday:
Stacie...not to worry! Already have a plan to keep Grace and her energy moving this town forward!! Her campaign is far from over!!
Rover 530 · May 2, 2018 at 6:45 pm
Sunny Reynolds should be proud of her accomplishments while a member of the town council and of her own volunteer involvement to improve the quality of life in Warrenton. Citizens of Warrenton equally should be appreciative of her efforts as an elected official in 2 terms. No one will agree with every action taken by an elected official; especially on a local level. The election is over. The voters have spoken. Some will still harbor negative feelings. No one can change the views of those who have an alternate agenda. Sunny is honest, was dedicated and did take the higher road in this recent campaign. She was an integral part of the fabric of Warrenton and will continue to be so as a private citizen and business owner. Looking forward to see how the newly-constituted town council will perform.
Also hope Grace Rigby stays involved and interested and will try again for a ward or future at-large seat on the council. Good effort!
Stacie Griffin · May 2, 2018 at 10:06 am
Congratulations Carter! Your first order of business should be to hire Grace Rigby. She is a superstar.
TooTrue · May 2, 2018 at 9:50 am
RumpRoast is right about Walker Drive and Linda "Sunny" Reynolds connections to the development community and the attorneys practicing for the benefit of them. Renard beat her by twice the votes with little or no money to speak of by comparison which is a clear message. It's sad that Grace didn't prevail similarly given the clear reason Carter ran. Maybe the state election committee will get to the bottom of the rotten PAC members which amusingly included Reynolds when it all started.
RumpRoast · May 1, 2018 at 9:04 pm
Cost per vote:
I hope this sends a clear message to stop the Walker Drive project. It only benefits the developer.
Rgibbs · May 1, 2018 at 8:21 pm
Congrats and here’s to prudent policies and new ventures that strike a balance between the preservation of Warrenton’s past and a revitalized future. Ideas that encourage people to visit, enjoy its beauty and history, and then return to the hustle and the bustle. Perhaps borrowing some of the successes from other historic old town designs and strategies near and far to help guide their decisions. Warrenton is a wonderful place and it was nice to hear the different perspectives of those candidates who were willing to invest themselves and their time into its future.