This Tuesday get out and vote

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The truth is, one vote does count.

Just ask current Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell. McDonnell claims he won by an average of one seventh of one vote per precinct in 2005.

And a current candidate also knows the power of one vote as well. In Laura Rodes? first run at the school board, she lost by one vote.

That?s why everyone registered to vote currently in Bedford and Bedford County should turn out this Tuesday, Nov. 6, and cast their ballot ? even in those elections with only one candidate running.

Locally, the sheriff?s race has been the highest profile, but every election should be considered by this area?s voters.

? Sheriff Mike Brown, a Republican, is facing two challengers this year. Charles Green, a JROTC instructor at the Bedford Science and Technology Center and a retired Army sergeant-major, is running for the office as is Darryl Updike, a 24 year veteran of the Bedford City Police Department. Both challengers are running as independents.

? Delegate Lacey Putney is facing a challenger. Putney, an independent, is being challenged by Lewis Medlin, a Democrat. Medlin is a Montvale businessman who is seeking his first elected office. Putney has held the 19th House of Delegates seat since first being elected in 1961.

? District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley is facing a challenge. Dooley was appointed this winter after then District 6 Supervisor Bobby Pollard was killed in a farming accident in January. He is being challenged by Thomas ?Tom? Dooley and Annie Pollard, Bobby Pollard?s widow. All are running as independents.

? For the Bedford County School Board, Julie Bennington, who currently represents District 5 and was appointed by the school board this year to fill Bill Wiese?s unexpired term, is being challenged by Laura Rodes, who has run for the seat twice before. They are required by law to run as independents.

? There are candidates for the board of directors of the Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District. This is an elected board and two independents are running unopposed for the two open seats on this board. They are John Hopkins and Richard Chaffin.

? There are also a number of uncontested races. They include:

? In state races, Delegate Kathy Byron and State Senator Steve Newman, both Republicans, do not have opponents.

? For the Board of supervisors, District 1 Supervisor Dale Wheeler, District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington and District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry also have uncontested races for the board. All the candidates for the board of supervisors, except for Arrington and Lowry, are independents. Arrington and Lowry are Republicans.

? For the School Board, Joy Wright, representing District 1, Shirley McCabe, representing District 6, and Debbie Hoback, representing District 7, do not have challengers.

? Four constitutional officers are also running unchallenged. Cathy Hogan, elected last year to fill the remaining year in Carol Black?s unexpired term as clerk of the circuit court, is going for a term of her own. Commonwealth?s Attorney Randy Krantz, Becky Jones, the county?s treasurer and Fay Eubank, the county?s commissioner of the Revenue, are also on the ballot unopposed.

Some believe voter turnout will be light Tuesday. Prove those folks wrong. Don?t waste this opportunity ? get out and vote. Your vote will make a difference.