PRC supervisor races all still up in air

Published 3:37 pm Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The dust has settled, and it’s a little clearer on this Wednesday morning who beat whom in the supervisory races on Tuesday, and from the unofficial but complete returns all the races are still up in the air. No one garnered a first-primary victory.

In the District One race, Vernon Culpepper outpaced a three-person Republican field, garnering 66 percent of votes cast to win a first primary victory over Fornea Spiers and Dallas Hook, but Culpepper will have to face a formidable opponent, long-time veteran supervisor and supervisor board president Anthony Hales, Sr., in the Nov. 8 General Election.

Hales beat Democrat challenger  Jimmy Buckley in a landslide on Tuesday, garnering 86 percent of votes cast to Buckley’s 14 percent with 100 percent of votes counted. Results quoted here are unofficial but complete. Hales got 647 votes to Buckley’s 109.

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In District Two, incumbent supervisor Joyce Culpepper will square off with Daryl Smith in an Aug. 23 runoff. There were five candidates vying for the District Two spot, and Culpepper led the field with 37 percent or 942 votes and Smith was a close second with 824 votes or 32 percent.

Whoever wins on Aug. 23 is District Two supervisor-elect because there are no Democratic or Independent opponents in District Two.

In District Three, Dennis Dedeaux and Kelton Smith will run it off on Aug. 23. In the eight-man field Dedeaux led with 1,182 or 41 percent and Kelton Smith with 13 percent or 362 votes. The two will be vying for the seat currently occupied by Supervisor Hudson Holliday, who ran for governor and did not seak re-election in District Three.

In District Four, incumbent J. Patrick Lee got 52 percent of votes caste to move into a faceoff with Democrat challenger Frank N. Egger in the Nov. 8 election. Lee got 1,152 votes to challenger Brian Stockstill’s 821, or 42 percent of votes cast.

In District Five, incumbent supervisor Sandy Kane Smith faces Keith Seal in an Aug. 23 runoff for the post. Smith garnered 943 votes or 34 percent of votes cast, to Seal’s 524, or 19 percent. It was an eight-man field.

The only Democrats running for supervisor were Hales, Buckley and Egger. The remainder were all Republicans.

All returns are complete but unofficial.