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Election official Cynthia Winslow checks in voter Julie Lucas, who brought daughters Lauren and Olivia with her to vote at the Lakeside precinct at Morgan Memorial Library.
Election official Cynthia Winslow checks in voter Julie Lucas, who brought daughters Lauren and Olivia with her to vote at the Lakeside precinct at Morgan Memorial Library.

Suffolk votes

Published 11:49pm Tuesday, November 5, 2013

By Matthew A. Ward and Tracy Agnew

Staff Writers

Just after 9 a.m. at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, polling location for the Huntersville precinct, voter turnout was at a steady trickle. Unlike 2012’s presidential election, no one was waiting in line.

“It’s going good so far,” reported Sharmane Baynard, the precinct’s chief election officer. “Voter turnout has been smooth. There was a wait when we opened at 6 o’clock. It’s been steady (since).”

Voter Dorothy Denson said the local election for sheriff was “very, very important. We need protection.”

James Brumley emerges from a booth after voting, while Daniel Brown makes for a booth to cast his ballot, during voting Tuesday at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, polling location for the Huntersville precinct.
James Brumley emerges from a booth after voting, while Daniel Brown makes for a booth to cast his ballot, during voting Tuesday at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, polling location for the Huntersville precinct.

She said she cast her vote for incumbent Raleigh H. Isaacs Sr. “He’s been keeping our community safe,” she said.

Daniel Brown said the election for governor was most important to him. “It’s important to all of us,” he said.

Outside the building, volunteers handing out literature on behalf of candidates seemed to outnumber voters.

But one volunteer, Ashley Lambert, handing out for Jennifer Pond, a challenger for sheriff, maintained she had gotten a good response. “The majority of the people said they were going to vote for her (Pond),” she said.

Abner Ferebee said he was “doing my duty” by voting. He said the election for governor “is, I guess, in my mind important, but all the rest are just as instrumental.”

At downtown’s Lakeside precinct, the Morgan Memorial Library, Barbara Morris said she came to vote because she can.

“I came out to vote because it’s a privilege to vote,” she said. “There are so many people out there that can’t vote.”

Jessie Artis said he came to vote because “what’s going on needs to be stopped.” Pressed for specifics, he said, “Everything the Republicans are trying to do needs to be stopped.”

Polls remain open until 7 p.m.

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  • Fred

    I just read that jhuxter below indicated he was so upset with the government that he refused to vote this week,

    Boy, he really showed “them.”

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    • jhuxster

      I didn’t say I refused to vote, I said I refused to vote for Isaac after voting for him twice before.

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  • Cat

    Huckster:

    What gibberish.

    First, you ask what gives your opponents who just defeated you the right to decide what is “proper” in a campaign. The answer is the Constitution which gives the people who just defeated you that “right” and,unlike you, most people don’t feel justified in attacking this group, generally referred to as “voters.”

    Then, after appointing the Cat Lady as your “Queen” and
    condemning any criticism against your rantings, you then accuse everyone else.

    You say I have a bad “attitude,” you then accuse the Sheriff’s victorious supporters as not recognizing the “pig” smell you apparently haven’t been able to shake
    since youth.

    You then condemn the “corrupt city government” and finally finish by yelling against “name calling” and “slander” by the public that just put you and your bunch down.

    At any rate, it was a long race, but I hope you will ultimately recognize it is over. In fact, hopefully you will feel free to write against your future demons, even if it might be good to ask an adult to help you.

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    • jhuxster

      Dog–you did not address any issue raised by Pond or those who supported her. You simply called someone a member of the Flat Earth society–a synomym for being stupid. If you have issues with their stands, address the stands but avoid personal attacks. In lashing out as you did, you simply demonstrated, from my perspective, that you have no reason for supporting the sheriff other than he’s the sheriff.

      Second, just because the citizens re-elected someone doesn’t mean they elected the correct person. My point about the sheriff was he may not have done anything wrong but the impression is there. His son has been arrested and charged multiple times with various acts–some felonies and never brought to trial. I’m sure there are very few people who could make a similar claim. Again, maybe the sheriff is, as he claims, innocent but the appearance of wrongdoing is there–even among people like me who have, in the past, voted for the sheriff. There has never been, to my knowledge, anyone from the outside to learn why his son continues to be set free. My point, which you obviously missed, was if the smell of corruption is in the air, then something is amiss.

      I could give you numerous examples of the corrupt nature of our city government, but I suspect you are either part of that government or you blindly support it. However, from the huge pay raise given the city manager, to the refusal of my city councilman to actually do what he’s paid to do, to one councilman admitted council talked about when to bring up the pay raise “informally,” to the huge taxes and sewer fees we pay, to the refusal of the city to take care of primary needs first, or to refunding large amounts of property taxes without approval as required by law, you can find countless examples are there.

      The good old boy network is thriving in Suffolk. Rightly or wrongly, Sheriff Isaac is perceived to be part of that network–people who care more about protecting themselves and friends that serving the community. Perhaps the perception is wrong, but it’s strong enough that I refused to vote for the sheriff this year.

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  • jhuxster

    Dog what gives you the right to speak to anyone the way you did to thekytikat? Who made you the determiner of what is, and isn’t proper in a campaign?

    Your attitude is a large part of what is wrong with the political dialogue in this nation. The left consistently labels those with whom they disagree as extremist. Only the most naive would believe their are no serious issues that need addressing in the sheriff’s department. While I know that Sheriff Isaac claims he’s had nothing to do with his son’s amazing ability to escape prosecution multiple times I grew up on a farm. I didn’t have to know a pigpen was nearby when I walked through the woods–the stench was enough. At the very least, there is a serious impression of wrongdoing in the sheriff’s department. For some reason, I find it hard to believe I could be arrested 5 times on serious charges and NEVER make it to trial. Again, maybe the sheriff has done nothing specifically wrong, but if it smells like a pig it’s probably a pig.

    The very fact you resort to implying the cat lady is an intellectual fool tells me much about you. You can’t argue on the basis of the issues, so you resort to name calling and slander. If you one to speak about issues then do so. If not, then let me suggest you’re the one who departs the conversation. Most who post opposing the status quo of the corrupt city government of Suffolk know the issues and write to them. Unlike you they avoid personal attacks.

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  • Lovebug

    Clearly by the votes had Johnson NOT ran those vote may have gone to Pond making her the Sheriff. I have to wonder, where did Johnson come from? Why did he really run, and why is it that after the process he failed to answer calls or return calls? Just seems very odd to me.

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    • thekytikat

      Exactly LoveBug. Pond was Bredemeyered. Pure and simple. I saw it coming, and hoped she could overcome it. She came very close – closer than others have gotten. That says ALOT.

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      • Cat

        Cat Lady:

        Enough! You’ve had your 15 seconds of fame, and you need to return to the Flat Earth Society people who have missed you during your diversion into attacks on people in office that obviously have been discredited by the citizens.

        Imagine, especially after the Suffolk News did all it could to guide and support her campaign, what Mrs. Pond may have accomplished with more moderate and rational support limited to the issues.

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    • whitemarshtaxpayer

      As much as i hate it the good oleboy network is alive and well

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  • blueberry

    Agreed whalleyville!

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  • whaleyville

    My predictions on Sheriff:
    ISAACS – 8,500
    POND – 7,200
    JOHNSON – 2,500
    Isaacs will win but the total of the 2 challengers will show that the citizens want Isaacs out of office!

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