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May 19, 2020

Semple, Sutphin and Carter elected in Warrenton

New Warrenton Town Council members William T. Semple II (Ward 2) and Heather Sutphin (Ward 1) with Kevin T. Carter (Ward 5), who won a second, four-year term in Tuesday’s election.
Without opposition, Brett Hamby (Ward 3) won re-election and James Hartman (Ward 4) won a first term in Warrenton council election.
The citizen who started a still-pending lawsuit against the Warrenton Town Council almost three years ago will join that elected body July 1.

William T. “Bill” Semple II defeated Ward 2 incumbent Alec Burnett in Tuesday’s municipal election.

In the two other contested Warrenton races:

• Heather D. Sutphin defeated Ali Zarabi for the open Ward 1 seat. Councilman Jerry Wood will step down June 30 after six years in office.

• Kevin T. Carter (Ward 5) won a second term, defeating challenger Michele V. Ferri.

Brett Hamby (Ward 3) won a second term without opposition.

Also unopposed, James Hartman won his first term in Ward 4, where Bob Kravetz will step down at the end of next month after two, four-year terms.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, most voters cast absentee ballots rather than going to the polls, open 13 hours Tuesday.

Of 873 votes cast, 532 came via absentee ballot — representing 60.9 percent.

The total turnout represented 13 percent of Warrenton’s 6,693 registered voters.

Mr. Semple, a retired business executive, drafted the original lawsuit challenging the town council’s July 2017 rezoning of 31 acres for a mixed-use development between Walker Drive and the Eastern Bypass.

He and fellow plaintiffs lost in Fauquier County Circuit Court. But, the Virginia Supreme Court recently heard the appeal — with some original counts and Mr. Semple knocked out of the case. The court will issue a ruling later this year.

Ms. Sutphin, an events and marketing director, won her race with Mr. Zarabi, a veteran town planning commission member and downtown hair salon owner.

A hotel company executive, Mr. Carter turned back the challenge from Ms. Ferri, an architect and former Warrenton Architectural Board member.

Mr. Hartman, a 30-year veteran of local law enforcement, will give the council even more first-responder experience. He will join Mr. Hamby, one of two career firefighters on the council. Ms. Sutphin also worked briefly as a sheriff’s deputy.

Warrenton voters will elect the council’s two at-large members and the mayor in May 2022.

Remington and The Plains also had elections Tuesday.

Among four candidates, John T. Deering, Blakeney Gallagher and Bruce G. LeLacheur won council seats in The Plains.

Veteran Councilwoman Lori Sisson became Fauquier’s first female mayor, running unopposed to succeed Mr. Gallagher.

Candidates for the council and mayor in the Remington faced no opposition.

Unofficial Warrenton Election Results

Ward 1
Heather D. Sutphin, 105 votes (54.12%)
Ali Zarabi, 87 votes (44.85%)
Write in, 2 votes (1.03%)

Ward 2
William T. “Bill” Semple II, 146 votes (61.09%)
Alec P. Burnett, 91 votes (38.08%)

Ward 3
Brett A. Hamby, 66 votes (86.84%)
Write in, 10 votes (13.16%)

Ward 4
James N. Hartman III, 117 votes (98.32%)
Write in, 2 votes (1.68%)

Ward 5
Kevin T. Carter, 154 votes (62.35%)
Michele V. Ferri, 93 votes (37.65%)

The Plains

Town Council
Top 3 elected

• John T. Deering, 37 votes

• Blakeney Gallagher, 35 votes

• Bruce G. LeLacheur, 36 votes

• Melissa K. Washer, 25 votes

• Write in, 19 votes


Lori Beth Sisson, 39 votes

• Write in, 8 votes


Town council
All 6 elected

• Stanley L. Heaney Sr., 34 votes

• Van M. Loving, 33 votes

• Susan L. Tiffany, 31 votes

• Evan H. “Skeet” Ashby III, 30 votes

• Devada R. Allison Jr., 27 votes

• Kimberly A. Henry, 26 votes

• Write-in, 15 votes


• Gerald A. Billingsley, 28 votes

• Write in, 2 votes

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