Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser has won a fourth term as mayor in the western Loudoun town of about 10,000 residents.
The incumbent mayor was being challenged by former Town Council member Beverly Chiasson, a long-time resident of the town.
Fraser won with 1,149 votes, with 774 coming from absentee ballot. Chiasson received 927 votes, with 659 by absentee ballots.
For Town Council, there were three open seats, and Fraser's slate claimed all of them, with Mary Jane Williams, Chris Bertaut and Stan Milan winning. They bested Mary Lynn Hickey and Erin Rayner, who ran alongside Chiasson.
Earlier today, Fraser told the Times-Mirror he felt optimistic about the outcome and was pleased with the voter turnout.
After the votes had been tallied, Fraser said on social media, "I am both humbled and honored that you have placed your confidence and support in me once again and Council-Elect members Bertaut, Milan, and Williams who will work beside me to push forward our citizen's vision for Purcellville. In these difficult times right now, I will work tirelessly to make sure that our Town is resilient, safe, and prosperous."
Election Day was previously scheduled for May 5. However, due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) pushed the date back two weeks. The town later petitioned the Virginia Supreme Court to move the date to June 4.
Voter turnout between absentee ballots and in-person voting was higher than two years ago, with a total of 2,184 voters participating out of 6,199 registered in the town. In 2018, Purcellville's voter turnout was around average at 1,651 voters, or 28.7 percent, compared with 1,541 voters in 2016. In 2018, Fraser brought in 924 votes to Chris Thompson's 717.