No Primary Elections for Voters in Williamsburg, James City County

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Election 2015While voters statewide head to the polls June 9, those in the City and Williamsburg and James City County can stay at home.

Neither Williamsburg nor James City County will participate in the primary election being held statewide June 9 due to a lack of contested races.

State law allows localities in Virginia to skip holding a primary election if the races are not contested within parties. In the city and county, no more than one Democratic or Republican candidate filed paperwork to run for any individual office before the March 26 filing deadline passed.

With no primary election scheduled in either locality, the nominees for several local races are set for the Nov. 3 general election.

In races where parties have no declared candidate, and in nonpartisan races, individuals have until June 9 to file paperwork to appear on the November ballot.

In the General Assembly elections, Del. Monty Mason (D-93) will face Republican Lara Overy, and Sen. John Miller (D-1) will square off against Republican Mark Matney.

Del. Gordon Helsel Jr. (R-91), Del. Brenda Pogge (R-96) and state Sen. Tommy Norment (R-3) are not currently facing opposition in their bids for re-election to the General Assembly unless someone from a different party enters the race before June 9.

Three seats are up for election on the James City County Board of Supervisors. Mary Jones, Heather Cordasco and Sue Sadler will be the Republican nominees for the Berkeley, Roberts and Stonehouse districts, respectively.

Incumbent supervisors John McGlennon (Roberts), a Democrat, and Jim Kennedy (Stonehouse), a Republican-turned-independent, have not filed paperwork for re-election, but may do so by June 9, as no other candidates from their parties declared for those races.

Three seats on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board will be up for election in November. Because that board is nonpartisan, candidates have until June 9 to file paperwork to run.

Both Williamsburg and James City County will save some money by not holding the June primaries.

Williamsburg voter registrar Win Sowder estimated the savings for the city between $3,000-$5,000. James City County General Registrar A.J. Cole said the savings to the county could exceed $25,000.

York County will still hold a primary election June 9.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 13 for the Nov. 3 general election.

Find a full list of declared candidates here.

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