Kevin Carroll eked out a close win in the Republican primary for the Matoaca seat on the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, according to unofficial tallies from the state Board of Elections.
Carroll, a retired Chesterfield police officer, held a small lead over Craig Stariha with all precincts reporting around 9 p.m., according to the state tallies. The other Republican candidate for the supervisor seat, School Board Chairman Robert Thompson, was trailing in third place.
Carroll said around 9 p.m. that he was still awaiting official word that he had won.
“My two opponents put on very good campaigns. It was a very hard-fought race,” Carroll said.
Stariha, a planning commissioner, said he was not conceding the race, adding that he was still waiting for the results to be certified.
“Once they are certified, we will make a decision on our next steps,” Stariha said.
Stariha said he was not surprised about the closeness of the race. Many voters he spoke with while campaigning said they were undecided, Stariha said.
“It’s a close race, obviously very competitive,” he said.
The winner of the Matoaca GOP primary will face Shajuan N. Mason, the Democratic candidate for the seat, in the November race. The incumbent in the seat, Republican Supervisor Steve Elswick, is not seeking re-election.
The Democrats held a caucus last week to pick their candidate for the Midlothian supervisor seat. Javaid Siddiqi, vice chairman of the Chesterfield School Board, prevailed over Marty Mooradian in that caucus.
“The campaign leading up to this point has been inspiring, exciting and challenging all at once,” Siddiqi wrote in a message on his campaign Facebook page after the caucus results were announced. “What I know without a doubt is that I could have never earned this nomination without your support.”
Siddiqi will face Leslie Haley, a Republican who is chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors.