By. John Haksch, Louisa County Field Officer
Louisa County voters have spoken – though by no means with a single voice, on most of the candidates and issues on the November 8th ballot. In the 17th District Senate race, Bryce Reeves edged past Edd Houck by only 52 votes. Tomas A. Garrett Jr., on the other hand swept the 22nd District with a margin of well over a thousand votes – 1712 to 646 over Bert F. Dodson Jr. On the House side, Peter F. Farrell won the 56th District seat handily, being unopposed.
In local elections, incumbent Willie L. Gentry Jr. ran unopposed for his seat as Cuckoo District Supervisor, as did Rusty McGuire for Commonwealth Attorney and Nancy M. Pleasants for Commissioner of Revenue.
P.T. Spencer, the incumbent for the Louisa District was unable to overcome the effects of vigorous campaigning by challenger Troy Wade (right), who won 742 to 532. Henry B. Wash won a hotly-contested, 6-way race for the office of County Treasurer, squeaking by David Jacobs by only 15 votes. There was no incumbent for the office and the other contenders did not fare nearly as well. The candidates for the three School Board seats all ran unopposed.
Ashland D. Fortune’s 5,591 to 2,196 victory over Travis C. Christian for Sheriff came as no surprise to most Louisans, but the Meals Tax referendum passed by a much narrower margin than the pundits predicted; the vote was 4,350 to 4,230. There will be a final public hearing on this issue on December 5th at which meeting it is expected to be adopted.
John Haksch is the Louisa County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization. If you find this report helpful, please consider supporting the Free Enterprise Forum. To learn more visit www.freeenterpriseforum.org