Highland County Voters Return Only One Incumbant To The Board Of Supervisors

Monterey, VA – There will be two new members on the Highland County Board of Supervisors. Kevin Wagner and Lee Blagg will join incumbent David Blanchard when the new Board of Supervisors starts its term in January. David Blanchard received the highest number of votes with 1018. Kevin Wagner was second with 848 and Lee Blagg third with 838. After four terms on the Board of Supervisors, Jerry Rexrode was not returned to office by the voters. In a close race, Mr. Rexrode’s vote total was 802, trailing Lee Blagg by 36 votes.

The Sheriff’s race was hotly contested among a field of 5 candidates this year. Tim Duff of Meadowdale won the election with a total of 608 votes. David Neil was second with 404 votes and Billy Wagner third with 315 votes. Rounding out the the field were Roy Gutshall with 58 votes and Ronald Wimer with 26 votes.

In the race for State Senate, incumbent Creigh Deeds was the leader in Highland County with 832 votes over challenger Thomas Aldous Jr. with 524 votes.
Incumbent Dickie Bell was the leading vote recipient in the race for House of Delegates with 973 votes over challenger Laura Kleiner with 330 votes.

The School Board race this year included two write-in candidates Bobbie Hefner of Monterey and Wes Maupin of McDowell along with the two candidates on the ballot, John Moyers and Joseph Neil. Next year’s three member School Board will be John Moyers with 968 votes, Joseph Neil with 903 votes and Bobbie Heffner with 342 write-in votes.

Several other races in the county were uncontested and returned incumbents to office including Commissioner of the Revenue Darlene Crummett, Treasurer Lois White and Commonwealth’s Attorney Melissa Dowd. In the election for Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District Board, Dean Beverage and James Sponaugle ran unopposed and will represent Highland County on the new Board. These election results were obtained at 9 AM the day after the election from the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office and should not be considered final until certified by the Highland County Board of Elections.

Story By

Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

Current Weather