Two Gloucester races go down to the wire

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Nov 06, 2013 - 12:21 PM

Photo: The Peasley precinct of the Petsworth Magisterial District in Gloucester was busy Tuesday morning with voters and those outside showing support for their candidate of choice. Above, Terry Geary, Connie Browers, Harrison Dixon, Mike Winebarger, Linda Johnson and Jane Stutz, from left, were mingling outside the polls. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

The Peasley precinct of the Petsworth Magisterial District in Gloucester was busy Tuesday morning with voters and those outside showing support for their candidate of choice. Above, Terry Geary, Connie Browers, Harrison Dixon, Mike Winebarger, Linda Johnson and Jane Stutz, from left, were mingling outside the polls. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

The old saying, "every vote counts," proved true Tuesday in Gloucester, as two races for county board of supervisors seats were decided by a margin of fewer than 25 votes.

In the closely contested races, candidate Michael Winebarger beat Michael Jenkins to become the next Petsworth District supervisor by 23 votes, and Phillip Bazzani edged out Graham Blake by only 14 votes in the York District race. A third York District candidate, Marcia Mickle, received less than 18 percent of the overall vote.

The at-large race for Gloucester County Board of Supervisors wasn’t as close. Republican candidate John Meyer Jr. easily won out over independent candidate Grant Keller by more than 3,000 votes. Meyer received 66.28 percent of the overall vote in the countywide race.

Candidates for the Gloucester County School Board, each running unopposed, received over 98 percent of votes in their respective districts. They were Charles Records, at-large; Troy Andersen, Gloucester Point; Anita Parker, Petsworth, and Carla Hook, York.

Gloucester’s voter registrar Bobbi Morgan said turnout in Gloucester was average compared to past years. In 2011, she said Gloucester had a 36 percent turnout; in 2010, a 44 percent turnout and in 2009, a 47 percent turnout. This year, she reported voter turnout was at 44 percent.