Meyer unseats Theberge in GOP primary

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Jun 12, 2013 - 12:14 PM

Photo: Darren Fulton casts his ballot during Tuesday’s primary at Botetourt Elementary School, Gloucester. He is assisted by election official Steelman Ketchum Jr. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Darren Fulton casts his ballot during Tuesday’s primary at Botetourt Elementary School, Gloucester. He is assisted by election official Steelman Ketchum Jr. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Photo: The polls opened for primary elections at 6 a.m. Tuesday, but at 9:05 a.m. Geri and John Sweeney, from left, of Cobbs Creek, were only the 22nd and 23rd voters to cast their ballots at the Piankatank District polls at Mathews High School. They were assisted by electors Joyce Deputy, Pat Hudgins and Jim Richards, seated from left. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

The polls opened for primary elections at 6 a.m. Tuesday, but at 9:05 a.m. Geri and John Sweeney, from left, of Cobbs Creek, were only the 22nd and 23rd voters to cast their ballots at the Piankatank District polls at Mathews High School. They were assisted by electors Joyce Deputy, Pat Hudgins and Jim Richards, seated from left. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Political newcomer John Meyer Jr. unseated longtime board of supervisors’ member Louise Theberge in Tuesday’s Republican primary in Gloucester. Meyer will face independent Grant Keller in the Nov. 5 general election.

Meyer captured nearly 59 percent of the vote while Theberge was able to receive just over 41 percent.

Theberge said she felt low voter turnout was the key reason the election turned out the way it did. "They were able to turn their support out and not enough of mine came out," she said. "With very low voter turnout, these things can happen."

Theberge wished Meyer well in his future campaign and wanted to thank all of her supporters and those who have helped her with this campaign and her other campaigns throughout the years. "I’d just like to thank everyone that assisted and supported me throughout the community," she added.

Meyer said Tuesday’s results are "indicative that the voters of the county want to see more constrained government spending and more emphasis on growing business in Gloucester County. Those were my two themes the whole time."