West Point elections for Mayor, town council and school board called

aluck@tidewaterreview.com

The three elections for West Point have been called in favor of the incumbents.

Mayor James “Jim” Hudson, who ran unopposed, has been elected for his fourth term. Hudson received 1,196 votes, with 39 votes counted as write-ins, according to unofficial results from the Virginia Department of Elections.

Hudson said he is humbled by the continued support from voters.

“I look forward to working with the newly elected and commend the other candidates for volunteering to serve,” Hudson said. “Thank you to the voters for the great turnout. Let’s continue that enthusiasm as we work together to make West Point the best town in Virginia.”

On Town Council, incumbent councilwoman since 1994 Tina S. Gulley has been re-elected. Newcomers John G. Ragsdale II and James “Jamie” Pruett fill the other two council seats.

Gulley received 921 votes, the most votes of the four council candidates. Ragsdale received the second highest at 792 and Pruett received 742. Fourth candidate C.J. “Joe” Sanders received 489 votes. All vote counts are unofficial.

On the West Point School Board, incumbents Paul E. Diggs and Elliott G. Jenkins have been re-elected for their third terms. Interim School Board member B. Kay Lawson was elected for a full term.

Diggs received 803 votes, the highest number of the four candidates. Jenkins received the second highest with 780 and Lawson trailed with 776 votes. Fourth candidate Carolyn O. Buckner received 618 votes. All vote counts are unofficial.

Candidates’ thoughts

Town Council

Gulley said she is looking forward to working with new councilmen Ragsdale and Pruett in the best interest of the town.

“I am pleased and surprised with the number of votes I got,” Gulley said. “I’m looking forward to another term.”

Pruett said he is excited about the win and the opportunity to work with the other council members to move the town forward.

Ragsdale said he is grateful for the support and opportunity to help the town in any way he can.

Sanders said he is disappointed in the results, but still wishes the best for the Town Council members and will do anything he can to help the town.

School Board

Diggs is grateful that he, Jenkins and Lawson will continue to work together on the School Board for the division, he said.

“The school division is in a great place because of exceptional students, community support and extraordinary staff and leadership,” Diggs said. “I am so privileged to be a part of this board.”

Jenkins said he is grateful to be able to continue serving on the board.

“I sincerely support everyone’s support and confidence in the work we are doing for our community and students,” Jenkins said.

Lawson, who has been an interim member since Lynn Vogel resigned in February, said she is excited to start a full term.

“I am very honored to have been elected and am looking forward to serving my community,” Lawson said.

Buckner said although she said she wishes the results were different, she fully supports the School Board and wishes them and the division all of the best.

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com or @ashleyrluck on Twitter

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