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BREAKING NEWS: Reynolds, Polster elected in Warrenton

Tuesday, May. 6 | By Jonathan Hunley
L.P. "Sunny" Reynolds takes a call Tuesday night. Photo By Adam Goings
Warrenton voters opted for change Tuesday, electing two Town Council challengers over a pair of incumbents, according to unofficial results.

Former Councilwoman L.P. "Sunny" Reynolds got the most votes, 571, and Sean M. Polster finished second with 559 in a four-way race for the council's two at-large seats.

Vice Mayor David A. Norden finished with 438 votes, and Councilman Roger R. Martella Jr. had 411.

Councilman Powell L. Duggan, who represents Warrenton's Ward 1, also was elected mayor Tuesday, replacing incumbent George Fitch, who didn't seek re-election.

Powell was unopposed and collected 931 votes. There were also 44 write-in votes for mayor.

More than 1,000 voters cast ballots in Warrenton, making for a 16.6 percent turnout.

Tuesday's winners attributed their success to door-to-door campaigning that allowed them to connect with voters on a personal level.

Reynolds said she visited probably 95 percent of homes in Warrenton, and she surmised that black voters really came out for her in the town's Ward 2.

She said she also thought she did well in the Olde Gold Cup subdivision.

Reynolds said that voters seemed to really want a change in their Town Council, an idea borne out by Tuesday's results.

She said she has a lot she wants to accomplish when she takes office July 1, including working on economic development and forging a stronger partnership with Fauquier officials.

"We have to have some cooperation with them," Reynolds said, noting that the county seat "is not an island."

Reynolds has criticized the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility because the athletic operation is not yet self-sufficient based on fees charged to users.

She suggested the town find more corporate sponsors for the WARF and perhaps use solar panels to more economically heat pool waters.

On commerce, she said that the town should hire its own economic development director and aim to fill empty storefronts.

Reached Tuesday night at an Election Night party at McMahon's Irish Pub & Restaurant, Polster said he knocked on 937 doors in Warrenton.

And the first-time political candidate said he wants to carry a similar message once he's in office, one of transparency.

The first thing he said he wants to do after taking office in July is to "talk."

His goal, he said: "Open up that communication."

Norden and Martella campaigned on what they called a record of success, touting the WARF as a vital public service.

Norden, Martella and Duggan also had the endorsement of Fitch.

In campaigning, Norden mentioned his experience gained over 16 years in office, and Martella said that he's staunchly against new homes being built in Warrenton unless they were part of a high-density project in Old Town.

Reached Tuesday night, Norden said that "it's been a great 16 years for me on council."

And the campaign put out this statement on Facebook: "Congratulations to Powell, Sunny and Sean for running great campaigns. We wish you the best for the next four years."

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