Candidates qualify for Bath Election in November

Not every county has a State Senator, but Bath County does. Senator Creigh Deeds is running unopposed for the position he currently holds in the 25th district. Twenty- six other candidates have qualified for November elections. Delegate Ben Cline, a Republican currently serving the 24th district in the House of Representatives seeks to keep his position, and Ellen M. Arthur, an independent, has her status listed as “in process”.
On the local level, Annette Loan and Donna Weaver will be running for Clerk of Court. The position of Commissioner of Revenue is sought by Crystal L. Salvatore, Angel M. Grimm and one other candidate whose qualification is still to be determined.
L. Ryan Hodges III and Flyod C. McCoy seek the director’s position of Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District.
The rest of the constitutional officers are unopposed, but still welcome support in their current positions. Chris Singleton, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Robert Plecker, Sherriff, and Pam Webb, Treasurer all have had experience administering to the county, and would like to continue to do so.
The unopposed candidates for positions on the Bath County Board of Supervisors are as follows: Eddy T. Hicklin, Millboro, Claire A. Collins, Cedar Creek, and Richard B. Bird, Valley Springs District. In the Warm Springs district incumbent Bart Purdue is opposed by Matthew S. Rattcliffe.
And in Williamsville District there are three candidates: Lisa K. Hamilton, Stuart L. Hall and Rocklynn J. Phillipps.
For the School Board, Eddie H. Ryder of Cedar Creek and Catherine D. Lowry of Valley Springs will be on the ballot. Rhonda Reid Grimm, having served the past four years, just as the two previously mentioned, seeks the Williamsville seat. Bryan J. Secoy is running in the Millboro District, and Roy W. Burns is too, for the Warm Springs District.
With as many unopposed positions as there are in this election, it is worth remembering, this does not lessen the importance of your vote. Get to know the candidates, all of them. Then decide who you feel represents you, and finally, get out to vote.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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