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Confusion reigns in Clifton mayoral election

Rosalind Helderman

Towns and cities across Virginia held elections Tuesday, including Northern Virginia's largest incorporated localties, such as Leesburg, Herndon and Manassas. The election has left a cliff-hanger in Clifton, where the town's only mayoral candidate, Michael F. Anton, withdrew from the race more than a week ago.

Now, election officials are sorting through 112 write-in votes to see if Clifton voters settled on an alternative. Here's hoping Mickey Mouse didn't make the cut.

Elsewhere, several incumbent mayors were reelected in Northern Virginia. You can take a look at all Washington region results here.

More coverage from the Post's Derek Kravitz after the jump:

In Herndon, the Fairfax County town of about 23,000 residents that was at the center of an immigration debate about five years ago over the closing of a day laborer center, voters elected a new council. One incumbent who had been active in the movement to oppose illegal immigration was ousted; another didn't seek re-election.

But two of candidates who held similar views were barely reelected. And an outspoken Indian-born activist also won a seat. Two Hispanic candidates lost in the 12-person race for six seats. What all this means for the immigration debate in that hotly contested town is not immediately clear. But turnout was high--perhaps voters were engaged by the immigration debate in Arizona.

In Purcellville, a write-in campaign to elect Mickey Mouse failed to unseat the incumbent, Bob Lazaro. The Mouse's campaign was financed by a Lazaro opponent. (Mickey may have gotten about 200 votes.)

In Hamilton, population 562, turnout was 39 percent. That's pretty high for a May town election. Mayor Ray Whitbey was easily defeated by a rival councilman, the only incumbent mayor in all of Northern Virginia to lose. Voters apparently were unhappy with his push for more zoning regulations.

In Lovettsville, a Fairfax County fire chief who is considered a hero for his rescue efforts with the county's FEMA unit was re-elected to the town council. Bobby Zoldos has been on 11 federal deployments, including one to Haiti last year where he helped free seven Americans and two Haitians from the rubble.

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There was also a heavy write-in campaign in Haymarket for both Mayor and Council. After counting for 2 hours last night, the official said they would not be able to tally all of the write-ins until this afternoon. None of these are represented on your referenced chart of results. Where can we find this information, please?


Posted by: aggrav8ed | May 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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