Moderate turnout expected on Election Day

Published 5:24 pm Thursday, October 29, 2015

Voter turnout across Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward counties for local offices on Election Day is expected to range from low to moderate.

Cumberland Voter Registrar Marlene Watson expects turnout to be low based on the absentee voting requests her office has received.

“I think the turnout is going to be pretty moderate,” said Prince Edward Voter Registrar Lynette Wright. “I looked back to the 2011 [races] and we had [a] 39.26 [percent] turnout and that seemed to be what all the Novembers do, except for presidential [elections].”

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Margaret Thomas, Buckingham’s registrar, said she too expects turnout to be moderate.

“Traditionally the highest turnout is in presidential [elections] and local elections usually bring out a moderate turnout,” she said.

A majority of the contested races are in Buckingham County where five of the seven seats on the board of supervisors have opposition. Cumberland has the least, with only two supervisor seats contested.

Prince Edward

Three people are vying to become the next sheriff of Prince Edward County.

Incumbent Democratic candidate Wesley Reed is seeking re-election and is being challenged by independent candidates Brandon Cummings and Dale Vaughan.

Only one seat on the board of supervisors has competition — Democrat Odessa Pride and independent Richard Altice are vying for the open spot left vacant by Charles McKay, who is not seeking re-election.


With the decisions of supervisors Monroe Snoddy, District One; E.A. “Bill” Talbert, District Three; and Cassandra Stish, District Five, not to seek re-election, voters will have a choice between two candidates in each district. In District One, independents Dennis Davis and R.C. “Bobby” Jones are seeking election, while in District Three, Republican D.R. “Don” Matthews and Charles “Chuck” Meek are seeking election.

In District Five, independent candidate Harry Bryant Jr. and Republican Quentin Yoder are seeking the spot on the board.

In District Two, incumbent independent candidate Donnie Bryan is being challenged by Dillwyn Town Council member Carolyn Anderson Davis, an independent. In District Four, incumbent John N. Staton, an independent, is being challenged by Republican Morgan Dunnavant.

Three people are seeking two seats on the Peter Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District Board. Incumbents James McDaniel Jr. and David Wade Ball are seeking re-election, while challenger Kevin Dunn is also seeking election.

Independent candidate Joii West Goodman is challenging incumbent candidate Russell P. “Pete” Gowin, an independent for the District Four School Board seat.

No constitutional officers have opposition.


Two of the five seats on the Cumberland Board of Supervisors have opposition. In District Two, independent incumbent Lloyd Banks is being challenged by independent Tim Kennell.

In District Four, Republican incumbent David Meinhard is being challenged by independent Bill Bruce.

No constitutional officers have opposition.

The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The Herald will publish live election results online at