The winners: Smith, Lee, Lesinski, Hitt, Ubben, Rifaat, Kerr, Webert


For the most up-to-date election results, visit the State Board of Elections site here.

The unofficial returns, with 100 percent of the county’s five districts counted:

The race for Sheriff was won handily by incumbent Connie C. Smith, who took in 77.78 percent, or 1,992 votes, to challenger Andy Berry’s 21.82 percent (559).

In Hampton district, incumbent supervisor Bryant Lee had 408 votes to challenger Roger Cordani’s 209, and John Lesinski defeated Steven Howell for the open Hampton school board seat, 379 to 221.

Amy Hitt has defeated Ron Makela in Amissville for the Jackson District school board seat, taking 242 votes to Makela’s 166. A last-minute write-in campaign for Shannon Mills netted 43 votes.

Chris Ubben is the winner in the Wakefield district’s tight race for school board, defeating incumbent Rosa Crocker 232 votes to 199. In that district, where Board of Supervisors chair Roger Welch was running unopposed, a last-minute write-in candidate took just 76 votes to Welch’s 353.

In Culpeper County, Scott Jenkins defeated incumbent Sheriff Jim Branch in a close battle. Jenkins has been the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office’s chief deputy since shortly after losing to Branch four years ago.

All those appearing on the ballot unopposed were, of course, elected, including State Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R-26th), Commonwealth’s Attorney-elect Art Goff, County Treasurer Francis Foster, County Commissioner of Revenue Beverly Atkins, Jackson district Supervisor Ron Frazier and appointed Stonewall-Hawthorne school board member Paul Brown.

In the Virginia House of Delegates’ 18th District race, Republican Michael Webert took in 1,494 votes (60.2 percent) in Rappahannock County to the 984 (39.6 percent) received by fellow Fauquier farmer, Democrat Bob Zwick. In the rest of the district, which covers a large swath of Fauquier and parts of Warren and Culpeper counties, Webert’s margin was slightly larger, winning 9,748 votes to Zwick’s 4,260.

With all precincts in, the race for Rappahannock’s two representatives to the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District board went to longtime incumbent Monira Rifaat and newcomer Evelyn Kerr, the top two vote-getters with 1,106 and 1,012 votes, respectively. Only 13 votes separated the third-place finisher, incumbent John Genho (with 999 votes), from Kerr’s total — and 17 votes were cast for unknown write-ins.

For more results — and surely some words from the candidates themselves — check out this week’s edition of the Rappahannock News, available on paper Thursdays in your mailbox or favorite store, and Wednesday nights in your inbox as the Rappahannock News eEdition.

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