Republicans held their majority on the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, according to unofficial results.
Republicans went into Tuesday with a 4-1 advantage on the panel, a margin that appears likely to be unchanged. Republican Supervisor Chris Winslow held a lead of fewer than 400 votes in the Clover Hill District race against Debra Gardner in the board’s closest race of the evening.
Jim Holland, the lone Democrat on the board, sailed to re-election and Leslie Haley, a Republican, held a 10 percentage point advantage in Midlothian against School Board member Javaid Siddiqi.
The seats in Matoaca and Bermuda, for which Republican board members Steve Elswick and Dorothy Jaeckle declined to run this year, remained Republican by comfortable margins.
The unofficial election returns from the state Department of Elections showed the following results:
Haley, an ethics attorney who chairs the Board of Supervisors, won her bid for a second term on board in a closely watched race to represent the district in northern Chesterfield, according to the state tallies.
Haley beat Democratic challenger Javaid Siddiqi by a margin of 55% to 45%.
“I just think people have spoken as to what they feel is important in the county,” Haley said.
Haley called for sustainable growth. Siddiqi, the vice chairman of the Chesterfield School Board, said the county needs to increase funding for schools.
In neighboring Clover Hill District, Winslow won by a narrow margin, defeating Democrat Debra Gardner 51%-49%.
Winslow, a lawyer, called for competitive salaries for public safety employees and the extension of the Powhite Parkway to ease congestion at the intersection of state Route 288 and U.S. Route 360. Gardner, a retired state employee, said ill-planned residential growth had strained schools and infrastructure.
Holland, president of a local accounting firm, won his re-election bid. Holland had 61% of the vote while Republican challenger Tammy Ridout had 39%.
During the campaign, Holland said he had pushed for plans to build the new Beulah Elementary School that opened last year and backed a new transit service on the Jefferson Davis corridor. Ridout, a former dental hygienist, said she felt the panel needed a better advocate for the district.
Retired Chesterfield police officer Kevin Carroll ran as a Republican and beat beat challenger Democrat Shajuan Mason 63% to 37% Tuesday night.
Carroll said voters often complained to him about traffic and road conditions, and he said he also backed building the Powhite extension . Mason said some voters she spoke with said they feel developers have too much sway over the Board of Supervisors.
In eastern Chesterfield, Democratic candidate Murti Khan, owner of a small import-export business, lost to Republican Jim Ingle Jr. in a bid to succeed Jaeckle. Ingle had 56% of the vote while Khan had nearly 44%.
Khan criticized county officials for cutting cash proffers developers pay to support infrastructure for their developments. Ingle, a senior project manager at a demolition contracting company, highlighted the need to give first responders and educators the resources they need .