Brewer, Jefferson win

Published 11:51 am Wednesday, November 8, 2017

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Republican Emily Brewer easily won the 64th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates over opponent Rebecca Colaw.

Democrats, however, won the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general seats, with Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring defeating their Republican opponents.

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By 9 p.m., national news outlets were projecting Northam as winner and calling it a defeat of President Donald Trump’s divisive politics.

Locally, Rudolph Jefferson was reelected for a second term as the Hardy District representative on the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors. {mprestriction ids=”1,2,3,4,5,6″}

Brewer will represent most of Isle of Wight and Surry counties in the House of Delegates.  District-wide, Brewer won 62 percent of the over Colaw’s 37 percent.

“I’m so excited for the opportunity to serve the district.  It’s so important to focus on the concerns of local people and I’m committed to having a listening ear,” Brewer said.

Efforts to reach Colaw were unsuccessful. Despite her defeat in Isle of Wight County, Colaw swept Surry with 55 percent of the vote to Brewer’s 44 percent.

Democratic Delegate Roslyn Tyler was reelected to represent the 75th District, which covers a small portion of Isle of Wight and Surry counties. She was uncontested.

In Isle of Wight, Brewer earned 60 percent of the vote. 

As incumbent supervisor, Jefferson earned 66 percent of the vote over contender Herb DeGroft, according to unofficial results as of 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Jefferson plans to continue working for the people of Isle of Wight County.

“I think it was a good race and it showed that the people chose who was the best candidate for the job. I want to continue to be a servant for the people and do what’s best for the county. It was a tribute to me that so many people outside the Hardy district made this happen. That was very important to me,” Jefferson said.

DeGroft was gracious despite his defeat.

“Congratulations to Rudolph and we will continue to work together to make Isle of Wight the best place to live,” said DeGroft. 

Jefferson earned 1,667 votes to DeGroft’s 835, according to unofficial results.

The remaining local races were uncontested. Don Rosie will be the new Carrsville District representative on the Board of Supervisors, and Alvin Wilson and Jacqueline Carr will represent the Hardy and Carrsville districts on the School Board.

On the state level, Democrat Northam amassed nearly 54 percent of the vote over his opponent, Republican Ed Gillespie, who finished with about 45 percent.  

Fairfax finished with a five-point lead over Republican Jill Vogel for lieutenant governor and incumbent Herring won out over Republican John Adams for attorney governor by a six-point margin.

Unsurprisingly, Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general received the most votes in Isle of Wight County — a long-time GOP stronghold.

And again, unsurprisingly, the Democratic candidates for state-wide seats won the majority of the votes in Surry County, at 55 percent for Northam, and 54 percent for Fairfax and Herring as of 9 p.m. with five out of six precincts reporting.  {/mprestriction}