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May 7 was a big day for elections in the Bedford area.
Bedford City residents decided which members of the new Bedford Town Council got full four-year terms while 19th House of Delegates District Republicans selected a candidate to run for the seat of Delegate Lacey Putney. Putney, who held that seat for 52 years, chose not to seek reelection this year.
The special election for Bedford Town Council, which replaces Bedford City Council on July 1 when Bedford reverts to a town, was not a contested election. Seven candidates ran for seven seats. However, the number of votes each received made a difference. The top four vote-getters won four-year terms. The other three will have to stand for reelection in 2014 if they want to stay on town council.
Bob Wandrei, Robert Carson, C. G. Stanley and Jim Vest made the top four. Wandrei got 194 votes, Carson got 184, Stanley got 171 and Vest got 170.
Steve Rush, Stacey Hailey and Skip Tharp won terms that expire at the end of 2014. Rush got 155 votes, Hailey got 146 and Tharp got 130.
Terry Austin, a member of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors, is the Republican Party’s nominee to replace Putney in the House of Delegates. Putney, who announced in March that he will not seek reelection, represents the 19th District which comprises Allegheny County, Botetourt County and a portion of Bedford County.
Austin won Tuesday evening’s firehouse primary in a four-way race which included Zachary Hatcher, of Botetourt County and Zach Martin and Jim McKelvey, of Bedford County.
McKelvey was the top vote-getter in Bedford County. McKelvey received 277 votes and Martin 216. Austin only drew 14 votes here and Hatcher received seven.
It was a different story in Botetourt County. Austin came in first with 670 votes while McKelvy came in second with 576 votes and Martin took third place with 356. Hatcher was a distant fourth with 51 votes.
Austin also took first place in Allegheny County. He received 103 votes there. McKelvey had 48 votes and Martin got 31. Hatcher came in fourth with seven votes.
A firehouse primary is a primary sponsored and paid for by a political party.
Austin will face Joshua Ball, the Constitution Party candidate in the general election in November. The Democrats have not yet nominated a candidate.
The 19th House District Democratic Nominating Committee announced Monday, May 20, at 5 p.m. as the deadline for accepting declaration of candidacy forms for the 19th District House of Delegates seat. The form must be received by committee chairman Benton Bolton, 1917 Roanoke Road, Daleville, VA 24083, by that time. The form must bear the original signature of the candidate, and must be accompanied by a filing fee of $100, made payable to the Botetourt County Democratic Committee.
Additionally, the nominating committee for the 22nd House seat has set its deadline for receiving candidacy declaration forms for Wednesday, May 22, at 5 p.m. This form, along with a filing fee of $1000, made payable to the Lynchburg Democratic Committee, for the 22nd seat should be mailed to Gerald Cheatham, chairman of the Lynchburg Democratic Committee, 915 Main Street, 3rd
Floor, Lynchburg, VA 24504.
A copy of either form can be found on the Bedford Democratic Committee Web site www.bedfordvademocrats.org. For more information, call Ann Duncan, Bedford Democratic Committee chairman at (540) 816-0828.