May 18, 2020
3 towns’ election polls open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday
File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Warrenton voters will elect the five ward council members. The two at-large council and mayor’s seats will appear on the 2022 ballot.
Elections in Fauquier’s three towns will take place Tuesday, May 19, but more than 400 citizens already have voted.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ralph Northam postponed municipal elections two weeks — including those in Remington, The Plains and Warrenton.
And, state officials allowed any registered voter in the towns to cast absentee ballots.
In Warrenton, 362 voters had returned marked ballots by Monday morning as had 31 in The Plains and 15 in Warrenton
Altogether, the county register’s office had received 807 applications for absentee ballots in the three towns.
Warrenton has 6,693 registered voters, with 341 in Remington and 209 in The Plains.
To be counted, completed absentee ballots must reach the registrar’s office in Warrenton by 7 p.m. on election day, May 19.
Polling places — listed at the bottom of this story — will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on that day.
All three Fauquier towns have contested races.
Ward 1 — Heather Sutphin and Ali Zarabi will complete for the seat that Jerry Wood will leave June 30 after six years on the council.
Ward 2 — Alec Burnett, seeking a second term, faces William T. Semple II.
Ward 3 — Brett A. Hamby has no opponent in his bid for a second term.
Ward 4 — James N. Hartman III has no opponent in his campaign to succeed Bob Kravetz, stepping down after two, four-year terms.
Ward 5 — Kevin T. Carter, seeking a second term, faces Michele V. Ferri.
Former two-term Councilwoman Linda “Sunny” Reynolds withdrew from the ballot after filing documents to run in Ward 2. But, Ms. Reynolds has launched a write-in campaign.
Warrenton voters will elect the two at-large council members and the mayor in May 2022.
Four candidates seek election, with three town council seats on the ballot:
• John T. Deering, incumbent.
• Blakeney Gallagher, stepping down June 30 as mayor.
• Bruce G. LeLacheur, new candidate.
• Melissa K. Washer, new candidate.
Veteran Councilwoman Lori Beth Sisson faces no opponent for the mayor’s position, which Mr. Gallagher will leave June 30.
Christopher R. Malone withdrew from the ballot after filing to run for mayor and will not run for re-election to the council. The May election also will fill a council seat left open when David Roos died in November.
The Plains voters will elect three council members and the mayor to four-year terms. The other three council seats will appear on the ballot in May 2022.
Six candidates for six council seats will appear on the ballot:
• Devada R. Allison Jr., incumbent.
• Evan H. “Skeet” Ashby III, incumbent.
• Stanley L. Heaney Sr., incumbent.
• Kimberly A. Henry, new candidate.
• Van M. Loving, incumbent.
• Susan L. Tiffany, incumbent.
Longtime Mayor Gerald A. Billingsley seeks re-election without opposition.
All Remington council members and the mayor serve two-year terms.
The terms for all elected town officials in Fauquier begin July 1.
• Town Hall: 105 E. Main St.
• Grace Episcopal Church: 6507 Main St.
• Ward 1: Warrenton Manor Apartments, 663 Hastings Lane
• Ward 2: Warrenton Presbyterian Church, 91 Main St.
• Ward 3: Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel St.
• Ward 4: Police/Public Safety Building, 333 Carriage House Lane
• Ward 5: Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel St.
Central Absentee (All Towns)
• General Registrar’s Office, 528 Waterloo Road, Suite 200, Warrenton
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