Saturday, July 20, 2024

Election 2017: Your guide to voting in the Historic Triangle

Voters mulled constitutional amendments
Virginia voters should contact their general registrars if any questions arise about the voting process. (file photo)

Election Day is nearer by the hour, and candidates from school board to governor are vying for office across the Commonwealth.

Governor, lt. governor, attorney general, and House of Delegates elections will be on the ballot for the Historic Triangle. Elections for supervisor are up in two districts of James City County, and school board seats are up for grabs in both James City and York counties.

With so much on the ballot, the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily staff wanted to inform voters about who’s running for what and where, and what the candidates say they stand for.

WYDaily created a search tool and interactive map to help voters locate their nearest polling place – as well as determine which House of Delegates race they will be voting in.

To find your polling place, type your address into the search bar below. If your polling location does not appear, information about polling places in James City County, Williamsburg City, and York County can be found here.

 

Polling places across the Historic Triangle will open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m., although voters already waiting in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., polling places should have shorter lines, according to James City County General Registrar Dianna Moorman.

Registered voters will need to prove their identity with acceptable photo identification as required by law such as a valid Virginia Driver’s License or ID card, a valid DMV issued veteran’s ID card, a valid United States passport or a valid college or university student photo ID card from an institution of higher education located in Virginia. For a complete list of acceptable forms of identification, click here.

Voters are encouraged by local general registrars to research the candidates and the proposed constitutional amendments to help cut down on wait times.

“We ask that people know what’s on the ballot before they arrive and most importantly have their photo IDs out and ready to show,” Moorman said in an email. “This will speed up the process significantly.”

Candidates for the 93rd House of Delegates district

There are two candidates in the million dollar race for the 93rd House of Delegates district.

The district is comprised of the City of Williamsburg, parts of James City and York counties, and parts of the City of Newport News.

Heather Cordasco, R-James City County, is a 54-year-old philanthropy officer. Cordasco lost a bid for the same seat against Mike Mullin in 2016. Read her positions on the issues here.

(I) Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, is a 35-year-old assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney — criminal prosecutor — in Suffolk.  He is the incumbent candidate for the seat. Read his positions on the issues here.

Candidates for the 96th House of Delegates district

There are two candidates in the race for the 96th House of Delegates district.

The district is comprised of most of James City and York counties.

Kelly DeLucia, D-York County, is a realtor in Yorktown. Read her positions on the issues here.

(I) Del. Brenda Pogge, R-James City County, is a retired realtor in Toano. She is the incumbent candidate for the seat. Read her positions on the issues here.

Candidates for the Powhatan District of the James City County Board of Supervisors

Incumbent Michael Hipple and GOP challenger Joseph Swanenburg. Courtesy Steve Roberts, Jr.
Incumbent Michael Hipple and GOP challenger Joseph Swanenburg. Courtesy Steve Roberts, Jr.

(I) Michael Hipple, I-James City County, is a 55-year-old Class A licensed contractor and the incumbent Supervisor for the Powhatan district. He was denied admittance to the James City County Republican Committee in January. He has advocated for a regional approach to traffic studies. He has also advocated for staggered-terms for Supervisors. Read more on his positions on the issues here.

Joseph Swanenburg, R-James City County, is a 53-year-old Class A licensed contractor and the Republican candidate for supervisor in the Powhatan district. He has advocated for an increased number of police officers and other first responders. He has said crime is increasing in the county. Crime has slightly increased in the county, according to the Virginia State Police Annual Crime Reports. However, the crime rate from 1999 to 2016 has decreased, according to the reports. Read more on his positions on the issues here.

Candidates for the Jamestown District of the James City County Board of Supervisors

Democratic candidate Jim Icenhour and GOP candidate Tom Phillips. Courtesy Steve Roberts, Jr.
Democratic candidate Jim Icenhour and GOP candidate Tom Phillips. Courtesy Steve Roberts, Jr.

Jim Icenhour, I-James City County, is a 72-year-old former James City County supervisor who formerly served as a fighter pilot in the Air Force. He is the Democratic candidate for the Jamestown district. He has advocated for renegotiating contracts with Newport News Waterworks and curbing growth in James City County. He says growth throughout the county is a quality of life issue. Read his positions on the issues here.

Tom Phillips, R-James City County, is a 63-year-old engineer at Lane Construction Corp. and the Republican candidate for the Jamestown District. He has said he’d take a hard look at the construction of a desalination plant in James City County to make sure it’s the best use of taxpayer money. He also has said he supports giving increased resources to first responders in the county. Read more on his positions here.

Candidates for the Williamsburg-James City County School Board

(I) Jim Kelly, I-James City County, is a 52-year-old manager of crane engineering at Newport News Shipbuilding. He is the incumbent candidate for the Jamestown District of the School Board. Read his positions on the issues here.

Danon Middleton, I-James City County, is a 41-year-old academic instructor at Newport News Shipbuilding and a candidate for the Jamestown District School Board seat. Read more on his positions here.

(I) Lisa Ownby, I-James City County, is the director of operations at Landtech Resources Inc. Ownby is running unopposed for the Powhatan District School Board seat. The Williamsburg Yorktown Daily did not send Ownby a candidate questionnaire because she is running unopposed.

Candidates for the York County School Board

Michael Anderson, I-York County, is a 55-year-old senior systems engineer at HARPE Engineering Solutions, Inc., as well as a candidate for district two of the York County School Board. Read his positions on the issues here.

Nathan Kaw-uh, I-York County, is a 19-year-old student and lawn care specialist, as well as a candidate for district two of the York County School Board. Read his positions on the issues here. 

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