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Merris Stambaugh

Friday, November 8, 2013

Dr. Merris Stambaugh is the new Collinsville District member of the Henry County School Board.

Stambaugh received 448 out of 551 write-in votes cast in the district race during Tuesday’s election, according to county Registrar Elizabeth Stone.

The Henry County Electoral Board certified Stambaugh as the winner after tallying and analyzing the votes on Thursday, Stone said.

Stambaugh, 44, of Fox Chase Drive, Collinsville, will begin his four-year term in January. He will succeed Kathy Rogers, who did not seek a third term.

Stambaugh said he campaigned as a write-in candidate after learning nobody filed in the race.

Running for a school board seat is “something that I always thought about doing,” he said.

However, he said he had imagined he would do it later in his life because of commitments such as family matters.

“I feel good” to have gotten the vast majority of votes, he said, adding that it was important to him to know he has the community’s support.

Stambaugh is a family practitioner with Carilion Medical Associates in Martinsville.

He and his wife, Stephanie, have two children at Bassett High School.

As a school board member, Stambaugh said, a major concern for him will be attracting quality teachers and administrators. That will be done by providing competitive salaries, he said.

He added that he wants to see school buildings undergo improvements and, as a doctor, to examine some of the school system’s medical policies — such as how soon students can return to classes after certain illnesses — that he thinks have become outdated.

Stambaugh said he plans to attend the Virginia School Boards Association annual convention later this month.

All other write-in candidates for the school board seat received fewer than 10 votes, according to results certified by the electoral board.

The results show that:

• Thomas Auker, who ran for and was elected to the Blackberry District school board seat, received nine write-in votes.

• Joe Bryant, the Collinsville District member of the Henry County Board of Supervisors who was re-elected, received six write-in votes for school board.

• Ann Hudson received five write-in votes, and Rogers — the incumbent who did not run again — received four.

• Curtis Millner, who was re-elected to the school board’s Irisburg District seat, and Whitney Calloway, Tamara Easley and Yvonne Price each received three write-in votes.

• Troy Campbell, Casey Daniels, Susan Handy, Margaret Myers, Earl Wright, Delano Thomasson, Larry Wiley Jr. and Joseph DeVault each got two write-in votes. DeVault is the school board’s at-large member and current chairman.

• Twenty-eight other people received one write-in vote each. Stone did not immediately have their names.

• Twenty-three votes were declared invalid by the electoral board. Stone said they were for Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and “stupid stuff” like that.


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