Alphin wins five-person race for IOW Supervisor

Published 11:38 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2011

CARRSVILLE—Farmer and author Rex Alphin defeated four candidates to win the Carrsville District seat on the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors during Tuesday’s election.

Alphin, 56, picked up 702 votes, or about 33 percent. Thomas Gaskell, 66, received 455 votes, or about 22 percent. Ben Rideout, 63, received about 18 percent with 372 votes. Joe Joyner, 61, got 236 votes, or 11 percent, while J. Brian Carroll, 40, picked up 307 votes, or roughly 15 percent.

“It’s very humbling,” Alphin said. “I’m honored that the people have chosen me.”

He looks forward to working with fellow board members to help set a direction for the county.

“I would like to commend the candidates I was running with,” Alphin said. “It was a good race.”

Rideout said he knew Alphin’s name recognition would be hard to overcome and said he plans to speak with the newly-elected board member soon.

“Somebody’s got to win and somebody’s got to lose,” Rideout said. “If I wasn’t going to win, I’m very pleased he won.”

Rideout plans to continue to work with Alphin and other board members.

In other results, Delores Darden defeated incumbent Thomas Wright to take the Windsor seat on the Board of Supervisors. Darden picked up 1,321 votes while Wright had 594.

Incumbent Al Casteen defeated Andrew C. Gregory by 625 votes for the Smithfield seat on the board and B.B. “Buzz” Bailey defeated incumbent Stan Clark 1,178 to 1,047 in unofficial results.

Retired Windsor High School teacher Julia W. Perkins defeated incumbent T. Hayes Griffin for the Windsor District seat on the Isle of Wight County School Board. Perkins picked up 1,207 votes to Griffin’s 593.

“I’m going to do everything I can to live up to the confidence people have shown in me,” Perkins said Tuesday night. “I think the people who voted for me believe that I believe in children. That’s been my mantra and it will continue to be.”