Democrat Ralph Northam won Virginia’s race for governor Tuesday over Republican Ed Gillespie. President Donald Trump, in Korea, wasted no time tweeting, “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for”. The tweet, incidentally, was sent even before the final tally of votes in the gubernatorial race was in—and 20 minutes before Gillespie gave his concession speech. Trump had tweeted support of Gillespie, lauding his stance against the MS-13 gang and sanctuary cities during the campaign.
Northam garnered 1,404,883 votes, 54% of the vote, compared to Gillespie’s 1,172,792 votes for 45%. Clifford Hyra, the Libertarian party candidate, was a distant third with just one-percent of the vote (29,328). The 9% gap came as a shock to Republicans. For weeks pollsters had called the Virginia governor’s race neck and neck, though late numbers indicated a slight shift Northam’s way.
As detailed below, Democrats also took the Lt. Governor and Attorney General races. But the most astonishing tally in Virginia was the legislative result. In a state in which they controlled the most recent redistricting, Republicans held a 66-34 majority in the State House of Delegates. All of those 100 seats were up for grabs Tuesday. Democrats have not held a majority in the Virginia House of Delegates since the year 2000 (50-49-1).
Initial results indicated the Democrats picked up at least 15 seats, with four more races close enough to mandate a recount. Those numbers would give Democrats 49 seats heading into those recounts. A Democrat holds the lead in one of those four races. With provisional ballots still to be counted, the House balance of power may not be determined for some days. A 50-50 split would require a power-sharing arrangement.
Republicans have a 21-19 majority in the State Senate. All of those seats come up for election in 2019.
Debate over implications of the Democratic victory and the huge legislative gain in Virginia – a gain that shocked members of both parties – began quickly with the U.S. Congressional mid-terms on the 2018 political horizon. Many called it a referendum on President Trump, while others disputed that notion and urged caution in drawing broader political conclusions.
Democrat Justin Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, defeated Republican Jill Holtzman Vogel, a state senator from Fauquier County, in the race for Lt. Governor. The margin was Fairfax, 1,361,656 (52.6%), Vogel 1,222,639 (47.2%).
Fairfax has never held elective office before, though he made his first run for office four years ago, narrowly losing the Democratic nomination for Attorney General to Mark Herring.
Vogel, who represents the 27th District, stumped aggressively right up until the end in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, where her district lies. During the campaign, she emphasized bipartisanship, highlighting her ties with Democratic senators and her work on nonpartisan issues such as passing legislation to ban child marriage in the Commonwealth.
Democrat Mark Herring won a second consecutive term as Attorney General, with 1,379,323 votes (53.2%) to John Adams 1,210,213 votes (46.7%).
In regional contests with implications in the Northern Valley, 29th District Del. Christopher Collins (R) easily retained his seat with 64.23% of the vote over Democratic opponent Casey S. Turben. His district covers the City of Winchester and the Counties of Frederick and parts of Warren County.
10th District incumbent Del. Randy Minchew (R) was narrowly defeated by Wendy Gooditis (D) with 48.01% and 51.90% of the votes, respectively. His district covers parts of Clarke, Frederick and Loudoun Counties.
15th District Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R) ran unopposed this year, and retained his seat. The 15th District is comprised of all of Page and Shenandoah Counties and portions of Warren and Rockingham Counties.
18th District Incumbent Michael Webert (R) emerged victorious, with 60.52% of the vote over Democratic challenger Tristan Shields (34.38%) and Will King (Green) (5.09%). The 18th District is comprised of Warren, Rappahannock, Fauquier and Culpeper Counties.
The Warren County voter turnout was 41%, according to local officials. Virginia Election officials say that voter turnout this year was higher than it has been for any governor’s race since 2009, with nearly 2,600,000 citizens voting Tuesday. Also bucking the state trend, several candidates who carried Warren County did not fare well when votes were tallied across the Commonwealth.
Warren County Statewide Results:
Governor’s Race: Gillespie 6,709 votes (65%) Northam 3,530 votes (34%)
Lt. Governor’s Race: Vogel 6,917 (67%) Fairfax 3,410 (33%)
Attorney General’s Race: Adams 6,723 votes (65%) Herring 3,567 votes (35%)
(Roger Bianchini contributed to this story)
As an ongoing consequence of pandemic impacts, fitness programs will end this month but rehab services will continue at Valley Health’s Outpatient facility here
Royal Examiner asked Valley Health Public Relations Manager Carol Weare about planned service cuts locally as a consequence of the COVID pandemic outbreak of the past few years. This is what she told us:
“Due to unprecedented financial challenges related to the effects and after-effects of the pandemic, Valley Health has been taking steps to limit additional losses by evaluating all programs and services we offer. Like fitness facilities nationwide, Valley Health’s fitness programs experienced a decline in membership during the pandemic and never rebounded.
“As a result, we made the difficult decision to end our fitness membership programs in Berkeley Springs, WV, Front Royal, VA, and Woodstock, VA, effective Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Members are being notified and any membership balance or un-redeemed personal training or massage gift cards will be refunded promptly.
“We regret the disruption this decision will create for community members, whose fitness commitment and ongoing health are important to us.
“In our assessment, we carefully evaluated each program’s unique operational situation, including finances, building lease contracts and the availability of local fitness facility alternatives within the community.
“The fitness programs in Berkeley Springs and Front Royal are co-located with outpatient physical rehabilitation; those services will continue uninterrupted.
“As Valley Health continues to feel the lingering financial impact of COVID-19, we are evaluating where, when and how healthcare services are provided to ensure our stability as the region’s top care provider and employer of choice well into the future.”
Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services Line of Duty Death – Funeral Notification
With great sadness, we announce the passing of District Fire Chief Homer Larry Cross (Age 74) of the Fortsmouth Volunteer Fire Department.
On Monday, January 23, 2023, members of the Fortsmouth Volunteer Fire Department discovered District Chief Cross unresponsive at the Fire Station and began life-saving intervention procedures, but unfortunately, the Chief was pronounced deceased at the station.
Chief Cross began his career as a firefighter with Fortsmouth Volunteer Fire Department in 1983. Later serving his community as a long-tenured District Chief, he dedicated himself to saving lives and helping those in need. Through his years in the fire service, Chief Cross felt honored to work alongside a fantastic group of men and women, many of whom serve in various fire service leadership capacities across the Commonwealth’s Fire Service today.
“District Fire Chief Homer Cross was an inspiration for our Department and a fixture on almost every fire ground,” stated Fire Chief James Bonzano. “He was a dedicated fire officer but, above all else, a great friend whose legacy will certainly live on through the care and compassion he instilled in the next generation of our Fire Department.”
Arrangements for District Chief Cross are as follows:
Family Night will be held Monday, January 30, 2023, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. at Maddox Funeral Home at 105 W. Main Street, Front Royal, VA.
A Funeral Service with Fire Service and Military Service Honors for District Chief Cross will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at noon at Riverton United Methodist Church at 55 E. Strasburg Road, Front Royal, VA.
A procession from the church to Panorama Memorial Gardens will be conducted, where final respects will be paid.
The Cross Family will receive guests following the service at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Station at 221 N. Commerce Avenue, Front Royal, VA.
The Trust Deed Pledge Plan: An investor’s greatest investment aspiration
REAL ESTATE INVESTORS AND REAL ESTATE AGENTS
An original Trust Deed Pledge (TDPP) to help property owners from losing their entire property equity due to a foreclosure has been developed. By rescuing the equity and turning the owner into a qualified investor in plan, the owner continues to grow the funds rescued.
THE SECURED CASH INVESTOR POSITION IN THE TDPP INVESTMENT
The desire to be protected in a safe rewarding and timely investment is what the investor wants and needs and receives in the TDPP.
- Investment amount required? – Ans: ($60,000 total in small amounts by a group of investors)
- What is the reward? – Ans: (Pre-agreed fixed amount of $25,500 up to $42,500)
- What is the timing of investment? – Ans: (Estimated one-year)
- Amount of protection? – Ans: (Collateral exceeds invested amount)
- How is the investor “protected”? – Ans: (With a very strong superior legal position)
REAL ESTATE ACTIVITY EARNINGS
The TDPP offers a way to achieve an exclusive listing to sell (foreclosure free) for the agent/broker finding and introducing the necessary material to the foreclosure owner. There is strong competition, in the regular market place for exclusive listings, that makes it a challenge to accumulate enough listings for the average licensee to earn and build a personal lifetime wealth of a million dollars plus. It is fair to say the TDPP can do it.
The TDPP offers new type real estate earnings, separate from and in addition to a 6% sale commission.
- Introducing an original way to earn 1% of the sales price of a property and a second way to earn 5% of the net sales price of the property.
- There are other original ways to earn a fee of $9,000 and one of $15,000 for new type activity in the TDPP.
- Achieve an exclusive foreclosure free exclusive listing for the person processing the property owner joining the TDPP.
- Other unique exciting opportunities are available to earn profit in original ways within the TDPP!
Go to http://investmentrevelation.com for more information.
Robert L. Evans, President
Foreclosure Answer Affirmed, Inc.
Concern Hotline named beneficiary of Ride with Rotary
Rotary Club of Warren County is excited to announce their beneficiary for the Ride with Rotary 2023 is Concern Hotline! Watch this video with Executive Director, Rusty Holland, as he shares a little about who the Concern Hotline is and what they offer to Warren County and surrounding counties.
Learn more about Concern Hotline: www.concernhotline.org
Concern Hotline is a free 24/7/365 anonymous information & referral, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention hotline serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
For Concern Hotline calls, dial any of these local numbers:
- CLARKE, FREDERICK, WINCHESTER COUNTY – 540-667-0145
- SHENANDOAH COUNTY – 540-459-4742
- PAGE COUNTY – 540-743-3733
- WARREN COUNTY – 540-635-4357
Ride with Rotary 2nd Annual Bike Event
- April 29th – Check in starts at 8am Rockland Park
- Register Today!
- Interested in being a sponsor? Call Jen Avery at 540-683-0790 to learn about sponsorship options.
Super Bowl LVII fans don’t let fans drive drunk
During Super Bowl LVII, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is teaming up with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office to remind football fans everywhere that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Super Bowl LVII is on Sunday, February 12, 2023. If you’re heading out to a Super Bowl party and plan to drink alcohol, make sure you plan for a designated driver to get you home safely at the night’s end.
In 2020, there 11,654 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes. Drunk driving can have many consequences, including possibly causing a traumatic crash. These crashes could cause you, someone you love, or a total stranger to suffer serious injuries or even death.
We want our community members to enjoy Super Bowl festivities and responsible drivers on our roads. If you are planning to be away from home during Super Bowl, make a game plan to ensure you don’t find yourself without a designated driver if you need one. If you’re hosting a party, make sure you take care of your designated drivers. Remind your friends and family: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
Be the DD MVP
If you plan to be a designated driver, know that you’re the night’s MVP. Commit to a sober evening — people are relying on you. If you are attending a party or are at a bar or restaurant, enjoy the food, the company, and the nonalcoholic drinks. Encourage other designated drivers on social media by using the hashtag #DesignatedDriver. Your positive influence could help keep them on the right track. If someone you know has been drinking and tries to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely. They may complain, but they’ll thank you later.
Have a Game Plan Whether you are attending a party or going to a bar or restaurant, make a game plan and follow these simple tips for a safe and happy evening:
- Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver, plan to use a ride service, or call a taxi sober friend to get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
Make a commitment today to refrain from drunk driving. For more information, visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving
VDOT reopens Route 522 southbound lanes at rockside site west of Winchester
At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, the Virginia Department of Transportation will reopen the southbound lanes on Route 522 (North Frederick Pike) between Winchester and Gainesboro in Frederick County. This is the site of a rockslide that occurred late on Friday, January 13. Earlier on January 24, all Route 522 lanes were closed out of caution due observed slide activity.
VDOT officials have examined the site and determined the slide is stabilized enough to reopen the southbound lanes. The northbound lanes remain closed next to the slide activity.
The Route 522 northbound lanes are closed from Route 608 (Hunting Ridge Road) to Route 684 (Gainesboro Road).
In this location, the average daily traffic volume is approximately 18,000 vehicles per day.
Route 522 is a four-lane divided highway in this location. A detour on the southbound lanes will accommodate all northbound and southbound traffic. Route 522 will have single southbound and northbound lanes in this area. Travelers are advised to use caution with the temporary traffic pattern.
Both ends of the detour will have Virginia Department of Transportation crew members present to help direct traffic 24/7 during this event. Local law enforcement will assist to ensure traffic does not enter the slide area, which remains unstable and extremely dangerous.
The rockslide occurred around 11 p.m. on Friday, January 13. The Route 522 northbound lanes were immediately closed by VDOT.
Upon inspection in the daylight hours of Saturday, January 14, a more significant slope failure was discovered above the rockslide location.
VDOT has contracted with General Excavation Inc. (GEI) of Warrenton, Virginia, to perform the slope repairs.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at http://www.511Virginia.org.