Today is election day, and much is at stake in the votes we cast.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
On the ballot are:
• Sheriff. Current Wise County/Norton Assistant Sheriff Grant Kilgore is the Republican candidate who hopes to follow the retiring Sheriff Ronnie Oakes. Kilgore is running against Democrat Jake Elkins and independent Danny Mullins.
• House of Delegates District 4. Campaigning to replace Del. Todd Pillion are Democrat Starla Kiser of Coeburn, a physician, and Republican William “Will” Wampler III of Abingdon, an attorney.
The district includes the Wise County precincts of North Coeburn, South Coeburn, St. Paul, West Pound and part of East Pound, along with Dickenson County and parts of Russell and Washington counties.
• State Senate District 38. Incumbent Republican Ben Chafin of Lebanon, an attorney, faces a challenge from independent candidate George McCall of Cedar Bluff, a banker.
The district includes Norton; the Wise County precincts of Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Dorchester, East Pound, Guest River, St. Paul and West Pound; Dickenson, Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell, Bland and Pulaski counties; Radford; and parts of Smyth and Montgomery counties.
• Senate District 40. Pillion, a pediatric dentist from Abingdon, is the Republican candidate seeking the seat to be vacated by Bill Carrico’s retirement. Challenging Pillion is independent candidate Ken Heath, a resident of and director of community and economic development for the town of Marion.
The district includes Wise County’s Clinch Valley, East Stone Gap, North Coeburn, South Coeburn and Wise precincts; Bristol; Lee, Scott, Washington and Grayson counties; and parts of Smyth and Wythe counties.
Also today, several incumbents are running alone on the ballot, including:
• House District 1. Republican Terry Kilgore faces no opposition.
• Constitutional offices. Wise County Commissioner of Revenue Doug Mullins, Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp and Treasurer Delores Smith are running unopposed.
• Board of supervisors. District One Democrat Fred Luntsford, District Two independent Steve Bates and District Three Republican J.H. Rivers are running unopposed. In District Four, Republican James Lawson is running to fill the seat of Dana Kilgore, who is not running for re-election.
• Wise County school board. District One member Martha Jett, District Two member John Graham, District Three member Vicki Williams and District Four member Larry Greear are running unopposed.
• Big Stone Gap council. Incumbents Gary Johnson, Robert Bloomer and Tyler Hughes are running unopposed.
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