Smith Mountain Lake residents made their way to the polls for the midterm elections Nov. 6.
In the election for the Fifth District of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Denver Riggleman won with 53 percent of the vote. He ran against Democrat Leslie Cockburn.
The three counties that surround Smith Mountain Lake voted overwhelmingly for Riggleman. He received nearly 70 percent of the vote in Franklin and Pittsylvania counties and more than 73 percent of the vote in Bedford County.
For U.S. Senate, Democrat Tim Kaine won reelection with 57 percent of the vote statewide. Corey Stewart was the Republican challenger.
Pittsylvania, Franklin and Bedford counties differed from the statewide trend in the U.S. Senate election. Stewart carried 71 percent of the vote in Bedford County, 66 percent in Franklin County and 67 percent in Pittsylvania County.
In the two proposed amendments to the Constitution of Virginia, both passed in the election and overwhelmingly were supported by the three lake counties.
The first amendment was to allow a county, city or town to provide a partial local property tax exemption for real estate that is prone to recurrent flooding, if improvements have been made to the property that would improve its resistance to flood damage. The second amendment extended certain tax benefits to the surviving spouse of a veteran who has been determined to have a 100 percent service-connected, permanent and total disability.
In local government races, candidates Darren Shoen, Steven Rush and Robert Wandrei were elected to the Bedford Town Council. In Pittsylvania County, Janet Bishop, William Black and Andrew Wall were elected to the Chatham Town Council, and Michael Bond, Michael Burnette and Deborah Moran were elected to the Gretna Town Council. For the Town of Hurt, Jeffery Saunders and Steven Watson were elected to the town council with a third person to be named after all write-in votes are counted.
For more information about the election, visit elections.virginia.gov.