Three incumbents won primary challenges Tuesday night for a Hanover County Board of Supervisors that will have at least two new members this fall.
All seven seats in Hanover are up for grabs this year and two supervisors aren’t running for re-election. All three incumbents in the primaries — Bucky Stanley, Angela Kelly-Wiecek and W. Canova Peterson — won Tuesday.
The lone primary that did not feature an incumbent was a three-way race for the Cold Harbor District nomination.
Michael Herzberg, a small-business owner and a member of the county Republican committee, came out on top, according to the unofficial results, with 50% of the vote.
Sarah Via, a mortgage loan officer, garnered 30% of the vote, while Paul Cash, a former school administrator and Patrick Henry High School assistant principal who retired in 2013, got 19% of the vote.
“It’s a victory for conservative values,” Herzberg said.
Herzberg is a supporter of Scott Wyatt, the current Cold Harbor representative who is not seeking re-election as he challenges Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover.
Stanley wasn’t even sure if he was going to run for re-election.
His wife, Ellen Lee Stanley, was sick with cancer last year and he wanted to spend as much time as possible with her. He’d been on the board since 1984 and thought it might be time to call it quits. The two decided that they should help as many people as possible. Ellen Lee Stanley died Dec. 22.
Stanley decided to run again, this time for his late wife. On Tuesday, he defeated challenger Andrew D. “Andy” Schaeffer Jr. to hold on to the Republican nomination in the Beaverdam District.
“This is for her,” he told supporters gathered at Jake’s Place, a barbecue restaurant in Ashland.
Stanley received 72% of the vote, according to unofficial election results from the Virginia Department of Elections. His base was strongest in Oak Hill, where 50 of the 58 voters at that precinct cast their ballots for the familiar face.
“You never know because usually the turnout is low and you have to work to get every vote you can. It worked for us today,” Stanley said in an interview.
Schaeffer, the IT director for the law firm of Marks & Harrison, received the other 28% of the vote. He did not return a phone call requesting comment Tuesday night.
Kelly-Wiecek defeated challenger Tom E. Walsh, a former teacher and school administrator who owns a Chick-fil-A franchise and is a faculty member at the University of Richmond, to keep the Republican nomination for the Chickahominy District.
According to the unofficial election results, Kelly-Wiecek received 56 percent of the vote.
“I’m really humbled at the opportunity to serve another term,” she said.
Walsh did not return a phone call.
Peterson, the board’s current chairman and a retired architect, is closer to a third term on the board as the Mechanicsville representative after beating local real estate agent and registered nurse Ryan Hudson.
“I’m appreciative that [voters] respect what I’ve done,” said Peterson, a Republican.
Hudson said he has no regrets in running.
“If you’re not willing to lose, you shouldn’t run,” he said.
South Anna Supervisor Wayne T. Hazzard announced earlier this year that he will retire at the end of his term.
Sue Dibble, who currently represents South Anna on the Hanover School Board, will be the Republican nominee for the seat in November. Clara Scott, a former assistant principal at Liberty Middle School, will run for the seat as a Democrat.