Voters who haven’t already cast their ballots will head to the polls Nov. 3.
While West Point residents will cast their votes for the 2020 presidential election, they will also have to choose who will represent them in local elections.
With several town council members up for reelection and two School Board seats up for grabs, West Point residents will see several local candidates on the ballot.
Here’s what you need to know about the candidates and how to successfully cast your ballot.
Meet the Town Council candidates
For 22 years, Deborah Ball has served on West Point’s Town Council. For the last 12 years, she’s served as the town’s vice mayor. Her crowning achievement: the town’s HOPE initiative.
This year, she is up for re-election. Currently, she is the only candidate vying for the position.
According to Ball, she plans to continue to support economic growth. In her longstanding career, Ball said she has helped decisions that have led to a strong revenue base.
Additionally, Ball said she plans to continue to improve some of the town’s ongoing projects including the riverwalk, safe routes to schools and improved sidewalks.
After completing his first term, council member Robert Lawrence is seeking reelection. He is the only candidate running for the position.
Lawrence said he chose to run in 2016 because he and his family share a love for the town and he wanted to continue its success.
Upon reelection, Lawrence said he plans to continue working closely with the Town Council and community in order to make the town better.
“I would like to continue with an environment where council is united in efforts to support our town, schools and drawing businesses that are a good fit for our community,” Lawrence said.
Jack Lawson has served on West Point’s Town Council for 16 years. Voters elected Lawson in 2004 and he has served four terms.
According to Lawson, West Point is a better place now than it was when he came to the council citing the town’s Riverwalk project, the town park and pavilion, paid off debt early and put the town in good financial standing.
Upon his re-election, Lawson said he will continue to support local businesses, promote growth in the town and keep taxes affordable.
" I grew up in West Point, raised a family here and have a business here," Lawson said. “I feel compelled to serve the town that gave me so much.”
Meet the School Board candidates
West Point resident Laura Shreaves said is running for a seat on West Point’s School Board because she wants to continue the division’s success.
According to Shreaves, she moved to West Point because of the division’s reputation and her son is a proud graduate of both West Point and the University of Virginia.
With more than 30 years of experience in human resources, Shreaves said she is level-headed and qualified for the position.
If elected, she said she will continue the division’s successes and work to make it even better.
After several community members suggested she’d be a suitable candidate, West Point resident Cherwanna Braxton decided to run for the position.
As a nurse, Braxton’s goal is safety. If elected, she said she will work with other School Board members to keep the school division a blue ribbon system and ensure students are safe during not only this time but in the future.
If elected, Braxton said she will bring diversity to the School Board and prove that the sky is the limit.
West Point resident Ron Kirkland is vying for a position on the town’s School Board.
According to Kirkland, his continued involvement with the division puts him in good standing to hold the position.
With two of his children attending West Point Public Schools, Kirkland has served on several school-based committees and is involved with the division’s sports program.
It was ultimately his role as a concerned citizen that led him to run. After attending most of the School Board’s meetings, Kirkland said he has learned a lot.
As a result, he wants to continue the division’s success by representing the community’s interest.
When can I vote?
The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. If you are in line by 7 p.m., you’re still allowed to vote.
Where do I vote?
All precincts will be open on Election Day. You can view your precinct on your registration card. You can also view your polling place at elections.virginia.gov.
How do I know I’m eligible?
You can check your registration status at elections.virginia.gov.
For more information, contact King William General Registrar Alison Fox at email@example.com or 804-769-4952.
Em Holter, firstname.lastname@example.org, 757-256-6657, @EmHolterNews.
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