Incumbents, two newcomers elected in Mathews

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Nov 06, 2013 - 12:15 PM

Photo: Mathews Westville District chief elector Ted Broderson, left, delivers paper ballots to Babette and Frank Roy of Mathews so they can vote curbside at Thomas Hunter Middle School. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Mathews Westville District chief elector Ted Broderson, left, delivers paper ballots to Babette and Frank Roy of Mathews so they can vote curbside at Thomas Hunter Middle School. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Mathews voters supported two incumbents on county boards during Tuesday’s election, while also giving strong support to two newcomers.

Incumbent O.J. Cole retained his seat on the board of supervisors, garnering 2,077 votes, or nearly 41 percent of the total, while newcomer Jack White, with 2,032 votes, or nearly 40 percent, was elected to the seat that is being vacated by Neena Putt, who made a bid for the House of Delegates.

Write-in candidate G.C. Morrow apparently made a good showing, since 975 votes, or 19 percent of votes cast in the supervisors race, were write-in votes. However, the number of votes he actually received wasn’t available at press time because his name wasn’t listed on the ballot and some of the write-in votes may have been for other people.

Cole said he was pleased with the results and appreciated the support he received during the campaign. He said it was "gratifying to know it was a vote of confidence" for the work that the current board has done over the years since he’s been a member.

"We will continue to do the things we know how to do and that we believe are beneficial to the county," he said.

Cole welcomed White to the board whom he said would be a good fit and would work well with other board members. "Together we can move the county forward," Cole said.