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In Danville, off-track betting, clerk of court, state races will greet voters when heading to polls Tuesday

In Danville, off-track betting, clerk of court, state races will greet voters when heading to polls Tuesday


Danville’s registrar said her office is prepared for Dan River Region voters to head to the polls Tuesday.

“Everything’s locked up and ready to roll out to the precincts,” Registrar Peggy Petty said Sunday.

City voters will decide whether they want to allow off-track horse betting in the city. They also will choose among candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate and Danville clerk of court.

The registration deadline for voting in this year’s election was Oct. 15, but there was no onslaught of residents trying to apply at the last minute, Petty said.

“There were not any more than normal,” she said, adding she expects hundreds to apply at the last minute for the presidential election in 2020.

In addition, there is a court-ordered special election for Danville School Board member Elizabeth Leggett, who was appointed to the board after Ed Polhamus died in October 2018.

Leggett’s seat is up for grabs for a full four-year term in May.

As for Danville’s clerk of court, incumbent Gerald Gibson faces challengers Melissa Tuck and Charles Crumpler for the position. The winner will serve an eight-year term.

Crumpler said he has been canvassing neighborhoods, attending football games and other events and going to churches to get out the vote.

“I have certainly enjoyed meeting the city of Danville and the various individuals who make up this community,” Crumpler said Sunday. “It’s been a great experience getting to know the men and women who make up this fantastic city.”

Tuck said she has been doing the same thing over the past few days since she began her campaign — go door-to-door.

“My goal was to talk to as many people as I could,” Tuck said. “I worked hard to make that happen. This has been [an] amazing journey. This city is full of kind and generous people.”

Attempts to reach Gibson were unsuccessful Sunday.

The Virginia General Assembly elections include the House of Delegates’ 14th District race, with Republican incumbent Danny Marshall facing off against Democrat Eric Stamps. The winner will serve a two-year term.

In the 16th House District, Libertarian Dustin Evans is challenging incumbent Republican Delegate Les Adams, who was first elected in 2013.

In the state Senate race, most Danvillians will choose between Republican Bill Stanley and Sherman Witcher Sr., an Independent, in the 20th Senate District.

However, voters in the Park Avenue and Coates precincts will pick from two candidates in the 15th Senate District, where Republican incumbent Frank Ruff will defend his seat against Democrat Virginia Smith.

Winners in the state Senate races will serve four-year terms.

Danville voters will decide in a Nov. 5 referendum whether to allow pari-mutuel betting in the city.

Colonial Downs, based in New Kent County, hopes to bring a Rosie’s Gaming Emporium to Danville, which it said would deliver about 150 to 200 jobs with an average of $47,000 in annual salary and benefits. Rosie’s Gaming Emporium is an off-track betting facility with sites throughout Virginia.

If a facility were to open in Danville, it would include two types of betting: historic horse racing involving simulated, video game-like races in which players bet on a chosen horse and satellite betting on real-life horse races taking place throughout North America.

The official ballot question city voters will decide is: “Shall pari-mutuel wagering be permitted in the City of Danville at satellite facilities in accordance with Chapter 29 ... of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia?”

State law mandates localities that have not already approved pari-mutuel betting must hold a voter referendum to decide whether a wagering facility can operate in the community.

In Pittsylvania County, four of its seven districts are holding elections: Chatham-Blairs, Westover, Tunstall and Staunton River.

For the Chatham-Blairs District school board position, incumbent Sam Burton is running against challenger Lyndsey Dotterer.

Incumbent Bob Warren is running unopposed for the Chatham-Blairs district on the board of supervisors.

In the Westover District, challenger Kevin Mills is facing off against incumbent Todd Sanders for the school board position.

For the Westover supervisor position, incumbent Ron Scearce is running against challenger Jackie Menefee.

In the Tunstall District, newcomer George Henderson is running unopposed to serve as the school board representative.

For the supervisor position, challengers Vic Ingram and Hugh “Dot” Kelly are running against incumbent Tim Barber, who has been supervisor for the past 16 years.

In the Staunton River District, newcomer Timothy Dudley is running for the supervisor position while incumbent Don Moon is looking to maintain his post on the school board. Both are running unopposed.

Candidates are running unopposed for three of the four constitutional offices up for grabs. Incumbent Mike Taylor is looking to maintain his position as sheriff, Vincent Shorter as treasurer and Bryan Haskins as commonwealth’s attorney.

For the commissioner of revenue position, incumbent Shirley Hammock is not seeking reelection, leaving a race between deputy commissioner Robin Coles Goard and Kristin Worsham.

Crane reports for the Register & Bee. He can be reached at (434) 791-7987.

Crane reports for the Register & Bee. He can be reached at (434) 791-7987.

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