Reed re-elected as sheriff
Published 1:56 pm Thursday, November 5, 2015
Incumbent candidate Wesley W. Reed took his challengers to task Tuesday, garnering 71 percent of the vote in Prince Edward, winning re-election as the county’s sheriff.
The Democrat won in every precinct in the county.
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The sheriff wouldn’t offer comment on his victory.
Reed took 2,891 votes, and was trailed by independent candidate Brandon S. Cummings, who received about 22 percent of the vote, or 884 votes. Independent Dale Vaughan followed with about 7 percent of the vote, or 265 votes.
Reed will begin his second term in January.
The sheriff has worked for more than 31 years in law enforcement, roles of which included investigator and chief deputy.
In his re-election campaign release, Reed said that his primary goal was the safety of the county’s citizens, its visitors, as well as his deputies, and that his expectations for his employees are to ensure that they keep up with changing law enforcement techniques and to always provide them with updated equipment.
Democrat Odessa Pride easily won the open Hampden District seat on the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors left vacant by Charlie McKay.
Pride received about 66 percent of the vote, or 336 votes. Independent candidate Richard Altice took 177 votes, or only about 35 percent of the votes.
“I feel great about the win,” Pride said. “The constituents came out and they showed who they would like to see serve the Hampden District. I’m very excited about the run.”
Pride is a former educator and administrator for the county’s school division.
Thirty-three percent of registered voters, or 4,194 people, participated in the county elections, according to Voter Registrar Lynette Wright.