Election Day today

Published 9:06 pm Monday, November 3, 2014

Congressional elections, a full slate of local candidates and a state constitutional amendment are up for voters to decide today at the polls.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Incumbent Sen. Mark R. Warner, a Democrat, is challenged by the Republican Party’s Ed W. Gillespie and the Libertarians’ Robert C. Sarvis.

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Incumbent Congressman J. Randy Forbes, a Republican, is challenged by the Democrats’ Elliott G. Fausz and the Libertarian Party’s Bo C. Brown.

A total of 18 candidates are running for nine local seats on the City Council and School Board.

For City Council, incumbent Mike Duman runs unopposed in the Chuckatuck Borough; incumbent Charles Brown faces challenges from Leroy Bennett and Clinton Jenkins in the Cypress Borough; incumbent Jeffrey Gardy faces a challenge from Tim Johnson in the Holy Neck Borough; and incumbent Charles Parr is squaring off against challengers Don Goldberg and Kerry Holmes in the Suffolk Borough.

For School Board, incumbents Lorraine Skeeter in the Cypress Borough and Enoch Copeland in the Holy Neck Borough are running unopposed. In the Chuckatuck Borough, incumbent Linda Bouchard faces a challenge from Dorothy Bland Gamble. In the Suffolk Borough, incumbent Mike Debranski faces a challenge from Thelma Hinton. A special election to fill an unexpired term in the Sleepy Hole Borough finds Charles Leavell, David Mitnick and Jim Perkinson competing for the seat.

The election also features a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. The issue is whether or not a surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces, who was killed in action, can be exempt from taxation of real property, so as long as the spouse makes that home his or her principal place of residence and also has not remarried.

Voters in this election will also have to provide photo identification to cast their ballots.

Acceptable photo identifications include a valid Virginia driver’s license, a voter ID card issued by the State Board of Elections, DMV-issued voter ID card, U.S. passport, other government-issued photo ID, employee photo identification card, or a student photo ID from a Virginia college or university.

The document must be current or have expired within the last 12 months.

Voters without another photo ID can have one made for free at the registrar’s office, 440 Market St. A temporary one can be issued on Election Day, and a permanent one will be mailed to the voter.

Voters without a photo ID still will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot, but they must bring a valid photo ID to the registrar’s office by Friday in order for their ballot to count.

To check your voter registration status or figure out which polling place is yours, call 514-7750 or visit www.sbe.virginia.gov.

Below is a list of the city’s polling places.

Chuckatuck Borough


CE&H Ruritan House

8881 Eclipse Drive


Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Station

300 Kings Highway

Kings Fork

Kings Fork Middle School

350 Kings Fork Road


Hillpoint Elementary School

1101 Hillpoint Road

Cypress Borough

White Marsh

Greater First Baptist Church Orlando

600 Factory St.

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy Middle School

2325 E. Washington St.

Nansemond River

Nansemond River High School

3301 Nansemond Parkway

Shoulders Hill

Union Baptist Church

5414 Nansemond Parkway

Holy Neck Borough

Kilby’s Mill

Forest Glen Middle School

200 Forest Glen Drive


Holland Volunteer Fire Station

6666 O’Kelly Drive

Lake Cohoon

King’s Fork Community House

1600 Kings Fork Road

Nansemond Borough


North Suffolk Public Safety Center

3901 Bridge Road

Burbage Grant

Northern Shores Elementary School

6701 Respass Beach Road


Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center (VMASC)

1030 University Blvd.

Sleepy Hole Borough


Church of God/Saints of Christ

4300 Judah Lane


John Yeates Middle School

4901 Bennetts Pasture Road

Bennett’s Creek

Creekside Elementary School

1000 Bennetts Creek Park Road

Suffolk Borough


Morgan Memorial Library

443 W. Washington St.

Olde Towne

Salvation Army

400 Bank St.

Elephants Fork/Westhaven

Elephants Fork Elementary School

2316 William Reid Drive


Mack Benn Jr. Elementary School

1253 Nansemond Parkway


East Suffolk Recreation Center

138 S. Sixth St.

Whaleyville Borough


Suffolk Executive Airport

1200 Gene Bolton Drive


Whaleyville Community Center

6235 Whaleyville Blvd.


Faith Temple Fellowship Center

623 Brook Ave.

Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington Elementary School

204 Walnut St.


Corinth Chapel Church of Christ

7945 Corinth Chapel Road