Election Day

Bedford sheriff-elect Mike Miller (left) gives a hug after hearing he won at the Trivium Estate and Conference Center in Bedford on Tuesday.

BEDFORD — Mike Miller, a Republican, will be the first new sheriff for Bedford County in nearly a quarter century.

Miller won a three-way race Tuesday to replace retiring Sheriff Michael Brown, who has served as sheriff since 1996.

Miller, a captain and 34-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, received 54% of the vote. He defeated fellow sheriff’s office veterans Tim Hayden, with 39%, and James Kirkland with 7%.

Miller said he is “extremely grateful” for the opportunity to serve the residents of Bedford County.

“I am so humbled,” Miller said Tuesday night. “I just want to serve the citizens I have been around my whole life.”

In other county election results, two members of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and one Bedford County School Board member lost their seats to challengers in Tuesday’s election.

District 6 challenger Bob Davis unseated Supervisor Andy Dooley, while District 7 challenger Tammy Parker defeated incumbent Kevin Willis. School board challenger Georgia Hairston unseated District 5 incumbent Julie Bennington. But District 7 School Board representative Martin Leamy held on to his seat, turning back a challenge by Patti Kese.

Tuesday’s election “far surpassed” voter turnout in the 2015 election for county officers, according to Bedford County Registrar Barbara Gunter.

“This has certainly been a good turnout,” Gunter said Tuesday . “We are training some new people and this election has been getting them ready for the presidential election next year.”

Bennington, who was appointed to the school board in 2007, is the current chairwoman of the school board and has served on the Virginia School Board Association.

Hairston, the former principal of Otter River Elementary School, retired last year after 37 years in education.

Leamy, who was elected to the Bedford County School Board in 2015, is a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army and the former operations manager at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.

Dooley, who unseated former District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard in 2015, is a lifelong resident of Bedford County and has spent numerous years involved in Bedford County athletics and recreation.

Davis, who has lived in Bedford County since 1969, has owned and operated Aqua Pros Pools and Spa Inc. since 1984.

Davis said his experience running a successful business would be useful on the board of supervisors.

“I respect what Andy has done,” Davis said Tuesday while campaigning at the polls. “I just think I bring something different to the board.”

Parker, the former District 7 supervisor, worked in the Bedford County Department of Community Development before being elected to the board of supervisors in 2011.

She was unseated by Parker in 2015.

In Campbell County, a competitive three-way race ultimately saw Whit Clark III elected sheriff with 44.4% of the vote.

Clark will replace retiring Sheriff Steve Hutcherson, who announced in January he would not seek reelection after two terms as sheriff.

Clark is a retired Lynchburg police officer and current investigator with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office. He retired from the Lynchburg Police Department as a captain after 32 years and has worked with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office for four years.

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