Imitation not the highest form of flattery on Election Day
By Hannah Hager, Times-Mirror Staff Writer
An orange hat and glasses, while his signature uniform, does not entirely make the man that is Loudoun Board of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling).
But it is these clothing items along with a bright orange shirt that one man is wearing to the polls in an effort to impersonate the supervisor. The man, whose true identity is unknown, has been introducing himself as Delgaudio throughout the Sterling precinct Nov. 8.
“Isn’t it great?” the real Sterling supervisor Delgaudio said. “What a great compliment for me personally… It is the highest form of flattery. I’m touched, but I would prefer that he not stand in front of voters.”
Delgaudio said the impersonator, which he encountered at Park View High School in Sterling, is using intimidation tactics to stop voters from going into the polling place. The supervisor said he asked the man to stop his impersonation and to also stop intimidating voters.
“If it’s part of his schtick, that’s not funny. Intimidating voters is not Comedy Central,” Delgaudio said.
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kraig Troxell said a man was reported for campaigning against a candidate for political office just before 9 a.m. in Sterling. The deputies determined the man had not committed a violation, Troxell said.
Delgaudio added that the impersonator, who claims he is not from the area, was “paid to perform a political sabotage which has backfired.”
To be Eugene Delgaudio, he said, “you have to be pleasant, sweet and genuinely funny.”
At 1:30 p.m. Sully Elementary School (Precinct 701), reported a 12.7 percent turnout. At River Bend Middle School, it was reported that 328 votes had been cast. Forest Grove reports more than 15 percent turnout.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the county in Lucketts, Jim Briggs, a volunteer at Lucketts Elementary School for the last six to eight years (and also the Republican Precinct Captain for Lucketts), said that at noon the precinct had 268-270 voters. That puts turnout at around 12 percent of registered voters, which he expects will double. Briggs said that turnout was 45-50 percent last year and 77 percent in 2008.
“It will be very quiet now until around 4 or 4:30 when we’ll kick into a rush hour until 7 p.m.,” Briggs said.
Tom Marshall and Mark Nuzzaco were at Balls Bluff Elementary School in Leesburg at about 1:30 p.m. and the Times-Mirror caught them on video. The pair is running for the Leesburg School Board seat against Bill Fox.
At voting precinct 508 in Leesburg – located at Balls Bluff Elementary School – turnout out is at 11.7 percent.
“People just don’t care about local politics,” Celeste Kenny, chief election officer for voting precinct 508 said.
Another voter came out and said she always votes, no matter if it’s just local elections.
“I always vote, I never not vote,” she said. “All politics is local.”
At Leesburg Community Church located on Lee Avenue, voter turnout is said to be low to moderate according to Barbara Elvin, a volunteer.
“We got our mailman to come and vote,” Elvin said. “I don’t know what to expect.”
She said that she’s worked at other voting sites that have been busier and she hopes for more people to come out after work but fears that turnout may dwindle due to the commute workers have to take to come to the polls after work.
Wendy Webb, chief election officer for voting precinct 507 at the church also known as the Greenway district, said she is pleased with turnout.
“We’ve had a steady flow of voters, we haven’t had much dead time,” Webb said. “The issues are bringing voters out and the publicity the candidates are putting forth are bringing voters. It’s important to have their voice heard and it has effect on their daily lives. It’s important to have a say in how things are run.”
Voters are once again flocking to the poll locations around the county as the lunch hour continues. Voters in Round Hill are met with a slew of signs in the entryway of one of two locations in the town.
Poll workers at Seldens Landing in Lansdowne reported a slow voter turnout around 11 a.m.
More than 2,000 voters are registered in the precinct, but only 100 of them had cast a ballot by noon, according to precinct volunteer, Ann Bancroft.
“It’s not a federal election, but you’d like it to be better,” Bancroft said.
Meanwhile, voters turned out in droves at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Lansdowne where a steady line of people queued up in the hallway to cast their ballots.
At least 536 voters had cast ballots by 11:45 a.m., said precinct volunteer, Lori Strathde.
“We opened at 6 a.m. And it’s be a steady stream since we open the doors,” Strathde said. “It’s wonderful.”
Not all election day proceedings have been without hiccups, however. Belmont Ridge Precinct Captain Anthony Fasolo said several precincts throughout the county reported glitches in their electronic voting machines this morning. Several machines were shut down around 8 a.m., during which time some precincts switched to paper ballots.
Fasolo said he didn’t believe it would effect voting tallies at the end of the night.
School Board candidate gets rocky start to Election Day
By Crystal Owens, Times-Mirror Staff Writer
On Election Day the rules of what constitutes an emergency are different.
Ashburn School Board candidate John Andrews found that out first hand this morning when a deer came crashing through the driver’s side window of his SUV while he was on his way in to the polls at 5 a.m.
Andrews said he was at the intersection of Canoe Landing and Vestals Place, attempting to pull out into traffic when the accident happened.
The crash left Andrews with cuts to his face, arm and hands. Rescue crews patched the candidate up and sent him him on his way from the scene, he said.
“I declined [to go to the hospital] because I had to go to the polls,” Andrews said. “A candidate is not going to miss an Election Day.”
Andrews was seen on Tuesday in front of Belmont Ridge Middle School handing out fliers and shaking hands.
The deer survived the crash and walked away, he said.
Government Reporter Crystal Owens snapped photos at precincts around Ashburn.
Sheriff candidates Mike Chapman and Ron Speakman were at the polls in Purcellville, and Business Reporter Hannah Hager caught the candidates on video. The two candidates are running against incumbent SheriffSteve Simpson.
Times-Mirror Chief Photographer Beverly Denny has snapped photographs all morning, here are some of her shots.
Just in Case: Forget where to vote? If so, check out your voting precinct here.
The Times-Mirror ran into Malcolm Baldwin at the polls at Tolbert Elementary in the Catoctin District. Baldwin is running for the district seat on the Board of Supervisors against Geary Higgins, who was next door at Harper Park Middle School in Leesburg.
“There’s no way to know who is going to win this election,” Baldwin said, comparing the race to a petri dish.
An Election Officer at Harper Park Middle School in Leesburg, who elected to not be named, said her “guesstimate” was that upwards of 400 voters had come through the school, although she later admitted to be hesitant about quoting a number.
Barbara Bayles-Roberts is out at the Ida Lee polls in Leesburg, educating residents on the question she proposed regarding changing Leesburg Town Elections to November (they are currently held in May). The Times-Mirror caught her on video.
“I don’t want to be presumptuous and assume it’s going to pass,” Bayles-Roberts said. “I’m very nervous, but very excited. It’s up to those who vote.”
Malcolm Baldwin, candidate for Catoctin District Board of Supervisors, at Hamilton Baptist Church.
Mike Chapman, candidate for Loudoun County Sheriff, at Emerick Elementary School.
Ron Speakman, candidate for Loudoun County Sheriff, at Emerick Elementary School.
While campaigning at Emerick Elementary School, Speakman was approached by a Purcellville voter who said she didn’t believe a candidate who is running for political office should
illegally post campaign material on highway medians. He responded that Janet Clarke, candidate for the Blue Ridge District Board of Supervisors seat, had done the same.
- Hannah Hager
A Tale of Two Precincts: In Leesburg, the redistricting is creating some interesting results. At Tuscarora High School, Bruce Campbell told me that only six voters showed up between 6 and 8 a.m. A total of 14 people had voted by the time I left Tuscarora at around 8:45 a.m.
“This is a result of the redistricting,” Campbell, there with his wife and son, said.
Reid is running for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors against incumbent Democrat Kelly Burk.
Butler is going up against Randy Minchew for Virginia Delegate of the 10th District.
Transportation on the minds of voters in Blue Ridge, Catoctin
By Hannah Hager
Times-Mirror Staff Writer
While the western end of Loudoun isn’t usually equated with traffic, the county’s transportation congestion problems were on the top of the minds of voters in the Catoctin and Blue Ridge Districts respectively. Cars streamed in and out of the polling place in Hamilton between 7 - 8 a.m. as Catoctin constituents placed their votes before heading east to work.
One such voter, Hamilton resident David Roberts said his mind was on the transportation issues of Routes 7 and 28, roads he commutes on every day to get to his federal government job in Herndon. He did not say who received his votes, but added that he would like to see the local goverments start to send sample ballots to consituents’ homes one month ahead of election day so that more people can be educated about the issues.
Hamilton resident Joylyn Hannahs backed up Roberts’ dismay of traffic congestion because her husband commutes to his job in Washington, D.C., from Hamilton. She said it drove her vote toward the Republican side of the ticket, adding that she cast votes for incumbents Jennifer Bergel, who is the candidate for the Catoctin District School Board and Loudoun County Sheriff Steve Simpson because she approves of what they have accomplished in office.
In Purcellville, which is part of the Blue Ridge District, resident Vincent Walcott said he was concerned with the lack of progress the government is making. He said voters today are casting their ballots to make “pragmatic change.” He added that he did not believe many incumbents would retain their seats, especially in the Virginia races. Purcellville resident Bob Ware said he was voting Republican because he agreed with their stance on taxes.
Also ran into Valdis Ronis’ daughter (and Field Director) Shanyn Ronis, who told me a little about the morning’s turnout.
Headed out to see what’s going on around Leesburg now.
The pre-workday turnout appears to be pretty strong for an off-year election, but we are still waiting for numbers to trickle in. At Broad Run High School, there were no computer ballots, voters instead bubbled in a paper ballot before sliding it into a collection machine.
It’s 6 a.m. and early-bird voters are already penciling ballots across the county, as Nov. 8 is upon us. Heated races in the Sheriff’s Office and Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, as well as Virginia Senate, Board of Supervisors and School Boars seats highlight an action-packed election season.
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