Sheriff captures election

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Voters called for the voice of experience Tuesday, reelecting Suffolk Sheriff Raleigh H. Isaacs Jr., to a fourth term by a sweeping 50 percent margin.

Isaacs received a total of 12,026 votes, beating out political newcomer Timothy Mallory, a north Suffolk resident and senior coordinator of security for Norfolk Public Schools, according to unofficial election results. Mallory received 6,206 votes.

“I would like to thank the citizens of Suffolk for their vote of confidence in reelecting me and my professional staff,” said Isaacs, celebrating his victory surrounded by supporters, family and friends at The Dining Room Tuesday night.

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“I pledge to continue providing the same level of services that the Sheriff’s Office has provided for the past 12 years,” he said. “I would also like to thank my professional staff for all the hard work they do on a daily basis … and for all their work during this campaign.”

Efforts to reach Mallory after election results began flowing in Tuesday night were unsuccessful. Earlier in the day, he was optimistic.

“It’s been a great day,” he said around midday.

Isaacs said he has aggressively campaigned during the past six months.

“Anytime you have a challenger, it involves total concentration on the campaign,” he said. “It’s serious and it is a lot of work.”

The city’s other constitutional officers — Treasurer Ron Williams, Commissioner of Revenue Thomas Hazelwood and Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Phillips Ferguson n were unchallenged in their bids for reelection.

Suffolk voters also reelected Del. S. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, to a fifth term, with 11,074 votes. His challenger, retired Air Force officer James A. Scheideman of Chesapeake, who ran on the Constitutional Party ticket, received 2,392 votes.

The tight gubernatorial race between Democrat Timothy Timothy M. Kaine and Republican Jerry W. Kilgore was reflective among Suffolk voters. Kaine took the city with 10,472 votes; Kilgore received 8,493 votes. Independent Russell Potts received 456 votes in Suffolk.

Voters said they were more than ready for the election season to wrap up.

“We’re ready for it to end,” said Suffolk firefighter Craig Abraham, who stopped at Suffolk Executive Airport to vote. “I think Kilgore is going to take it … but the campaigns have been so negative on both sides.”

Turlington Road resident Linda Alexander agreed.

“I’m sick of all the phone calls,” she said. “I’ve been getting them during the day, at night, on weekends, even on Sundays.”

George Callis, on his way into the Suffolk Public Library to vote, said he has been ignoring the campaigning.

“I made my mind up a couple of months ago,” he said. “I’m a Kaine man.”

All numbers are unofficial until certified by the registrar’s office. When that will occur is not known.