Voter turnout was varying in Tazewell County.
With two and a half hours left before poll closing 846 of a potential 3,498 voters had cast ballots in Richlands.
At Jeffersonville precinct, which includes most of the Tazewell area, the total was 854 by 1 p.m. By 4 p.m., the voter total had climbed to more than 1,000. Things were slower in the more rural areas of the county as just 112 of 596 potential voters made their way to the polls at Baptist Valley by noon. Up the road at Gap Store, there were 132 votes cast by 12:30 and six of those were by paper ballot after the day started with a machine problem. That area had 649 potential voters. Wardell precinct was also experiencing machine problems and had replaced one by late afternoon.
At Adria, Davina Hieatt was relaxing a bit as just 137 of the potential 763 voters there had made it to the polls by 1 p.m.
“My grandfather was in World War II and he always told us he spent time in a prison camp so we could vote and to make sure we did,” the wife of Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt said. While her husband was unopposed, Connie Absher, whose husband was one of three clerk of court candidates was on pins and needles as the day wound down in Richlands.
“You caught me sitting down. Don’t tell John,” she said.
Absher had to win a canvass to get his party’s nomination so he has campaigned almost nonstop since spring.
Hieatt received 7,844 votes in Tuesday's election.
While campaign workers were anxious for news at every stop, voters seemed to be tight-lipped. Richlands Town councilman Rod Cury quipped that he had “gone to the graveyard and took pictures of five headstones so he could vote five times.”
Board of Supervisors Chairman Seth White, who is not seeking re-election, cast his vote early and was also in a good mood. “As long as you got one vote, why are you worried?” he asked after overhearing Travis Hackworth ask about the vote total. Hackworth is running unopposed for the seat White once held.
Hackworth, running for the Northwestern District Supervisor seat, received 1,222 votes in Tuesday's contest. There were 10 write-in votes..
In the contested race for the Northwestern District School Board seat, Donna Lawson Whittington received a majority of the votes, 836, besting Michael J. Letsen, who received 692.
In the three-way clerk of court race, Tammy Allison came within a hair of capturing a majority of the vote. Allison, who easily won the position, received 48 percent of the vote, or 4,259. In second place was John Absher, who received 2,849 votes for 32 percent. Donald Buchanan Jr. received 1,748, or 20 percent.
Michael Lee Dennis easily won the commonwealth's attorney's post, taking 60 percent of the vote – 5,341, to Flux Neo's 3,499, or 40 percent.
In the contested Treasurer's race, David Larimer II captured 60 percent of the vote – 5,308 – to best challenger Randy Cordle, who received 3,574 votes.
David Anderson, running unopposed, received 7,327 votes in his bid for the commissioner of revenue post.
Jack Walter Asbury, Dan C. Bowling II and Bob Moss Jr. were elected to fill three open seats on the Soil and Water Conservation Director, Tazewell District. Asbury received 3,863 votes, Bowling 4,124 and Moss 4,385.
Running unopposed or the Eastern District supervisor seat, Charles Stacy received 1,365 votes.
In the contested race for the Northern District Supervisor post, Maggie Asbury bested John R. Roberts Jr., 900 votes to 674.
In the Eastern District School Board race, Jimmy Jones topped Charles Simpson by just less than 50 votes. Jones received 793 votes and Simpson got 745. David Woodard II, running unopposed for the Northern District School Board seat, received 1,252 votes.
Tazewell voters gave Sen. Benton Chafin Jr., running unopposed, 6,388 votes. Delegate Will Morefield, a fellow Republican also running unopposed, received 7,174 votes from Tazewell voters.