BREAKING: Incumbents Mostly Fare Well In Central Valley Town Elections

Mt. Jackson Gets New Mayor, Two New Faces On Council

Posted: May 7, 2014

New Market Town Council will keep the same membership with all three incumbents — Gary Comer, Peggy Harkness and John Blosser — winning four more years based upon the unofficial results of Tuesday’s election.

A fourth candidate, James Stroop Jr., was unsuccessful in an effort to unseat one of them, according to results from the Virginia State Board of Elections.

According to the Shenadoah County registrar, about 13 percent of New Market’s 1,165 registered voters turned out for Tuesday’s election.

Meanwhile, Bucky Miller will be Mount Jackson's new mayor beginning July 1. Town Council will have two new faces and keep a familiar one, according to Tuesday's unofficial election results.

The new Mount Jackson council members will be Whitney Sperry Miller and Roger Rudy, while incumbent Ken Hackenbracht will remain on the panel. The other incumbent seeking another four-year term, Todd Holtzman, did not receive enough votes to remain on council.

Of Mount Jackson's 957 registered voters, 229, or 24 percent, cast a ballot, according to the county registrar.

In Page County, Shenandoah voters appear to be happy with the status quo, re-electing all four incumbents in this year’s town election Tuesday.

But, as was the case in other central Valley elections, few voters cast a ballot Tuesday. Only 107 of 1,440 those registered in Shenandoah voted, said Councilman William Kite, one of those seeking and winning another four-year term on Town Council. That represents a 7 percent turnout, said Kite, who has served as Shenandoah’s vice mayor since 1990.

Kite, who garnered 84 votes, was the top vote-getter among the four council candidates for three seats. Councilman Charles Jenkins received 83 votes and Councilman Mike Lowe got 78 to also secure new terms.

Complete results can be found on the Virginia State Board of Elections website,

Challenger Lynn Fox, who received 53 votes, failed to earn a seat.

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