Brewer, Colaw win party nominations

Published 1:08 pm Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Women lead the ticket for 64th District seat

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Suffolk business owner Emily Brewer and Suffolk attorney Rebecca Colaw won their party’s nominations for the 64th district seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Republican candidate Brewer easily won the district with nearly 61 percent of the vote over farmer and Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rex Alphin.

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Brewer defeated Alphin in his home county, polling 1,910 votes to 1,537 for Alphin — a nearly 10 percent margin in favor of Brewer.

Out of Isle of Wight County’s 14 geographic precincts, Brewer took eight — all located in the northern end of the county — Smithfield, Cypress Creek, Bartlett, Carrollton, Rushmere, Pons, Courthouse and Longview.

Alphin won the southern end in Carrsville, Windsor, Camps Mill, Raynor, Zuni and Walters. {mprestriction ids=”1,2,3,4,5,6″}

Democrat Colaw defeated opponents John Wandling and Jerry Cantrell district-wide, earning 38 percent of the vote out of 51 precincts. Wandling of Carrollton earned the most votes in Isle of Wight County, with 39 percent of the votes to Colaw’s 32 percent.

Surry County Republican voters also cast the most votes for Brewer, where she earned 66 percent over Alphin.

Half of Surry Democrats favored Colaw, who swept up 50 percent of the votes.

On the state level, Isle of Wight County Republicans favored Ed Gillespie over Corey Stewart and Frank Wagner for governor.

Democrats in Isle of Wight overwhelmingly went with Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam with 1,763 votes to Tom Perriello’s 724. Northam comfortably won the nomination on the state level.

For Lieutenant Governor, Democrat Justin Fairfax won Isle of Wight with 60 percent of the vote and Bryce Reeves won for the Republicans, squeaking past opponent Jill Vogel by 2 percent.  

Fairfax also earned the nomination on the state level.

Republican Jill Vogel, however, won her party’s nomination for Lieutenant Governor.

Surry County Republicans went with Cory Stewart for governor (43 percent) and Vogel for Lieutenant Governor (44 percent).

Northam earned a mandate among Surry Democrats with 83 percent of the vote, and Fairfax earned 70 percent.  {/mprestriction}