Three Constitutional officers ousted in Mathews

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Nov 09, 2011 - 05:18 PM

Photo: David Burns, center, shares election results on Tuesday night in front of the historic courthouse with his wife, Janine Burns, left, and Edwina Casey, two of the three winning incumbents in the Mathews supervisors race. Supervisor Charles Ingram also won reelection. Photo by Sherry Hamilton.

David Burns, center, shares election results on Tuesday night in front of the historic courthouse with his wife, Janine Burns, left, and Edwina Casey, two of the three winning incumbents in the Mathews supervisors race. Supervisor Charles Ingram also won reelection. Photo by Sherry Hamilton.

Three of the four Constitutional officers on the ballot in Mathews County lost their seats in Tuesday’s election—Sheriff Danny Howlett, Commonwealth’s Attorney Jack Gill and Commissioner of the Revenue Ray Hunley. Only treasurer Wendy Stewart will return for another four-year term.

Board of supervisor and school board incumbents all retained their seats.

Sheriff-elect Mark Barrick squeezed by Howlett by an 85-vote margin, while soon-to-be Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Bowen took almost 62 percent of the vote against Gill. Fifty-one percent of voters favored newly-elected commissioner of the revenue Les Hall, with Hunley holding on to 35 percent of the vote, and Doug Critchell, the third candidate in that race, taking 14 percent.

Barrick said he was grateful for all the support he received during the campaign, and felt good about the way both his and Sheriff Howlett’s campaigns were run.

"I felt we were clean and respectful toward one another," he said. "The citizens had a tough choice to make, and I’m glad I’m the one that prevailed."