Bland County voters looked to the past and saw the future on Tuesday as they overwhelmingly sent former sheriff Tom Roseberry II back to the office.
Roseberry, of Little Creek, is a retired Virginia State Police officer. When he filed to run as an independent candidate, Roseberry said he hadn't considered running until “so many people ask(ed) me to to do it.”
Roseberry unseated Melvin Cox when he became Bland's sheriff in 1988. Cox unseated him by the same vote county in 1992.
In the sheriff's race, Roseberry won 944 votes. In second, Matt harman received 698 votes, good for 31 percent. Steven Moses, captured 14 percent of the vote, or 316. Lorin Hanshew received 253 votes, or 11 percent.
In the only contested Board of Supervisors race, Adam Kidd toppled incumbent Henry Blessing by a wide margin. Kidd claimed 61 percent of the vote, or 368, to Blessing's 39 percent, or 237.
In the full slate of unopposed races, Bland voters backed Republican Will Morefield in his bid to return to the House of Delegates, giving the Republican 1,568 votes. Rebecca Johnson received 1,780 votes in the Clerk of Court race, and Patrick White, seeking the vacant Commonwealth's Attorney's seat, received 1,563 votes. Cindy Wright was elected Commissioner of Revenue with 1,846 votes. John Goins received 1,864 votes in the uncontested Treasurer's race. Randy Johnson, running unopposed, received 291 votes in the District Three Supervisor race and Bill Crabtree received 458 votes in the uncontested District One School Board race. Duane T. Bailey received 314 votes in the District Three School Board contest. And William Laymond Barger and Gary Johnson were elected to two seats on the Big Walker District Soil and Water Conservation. Barger received 1,105 votes and Johnson received 1,190.