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Pyles wins fifth term on BOS, but quartet falls short with loss in Wayne race

Chris Graham

An effort by a group that ran on a platform raising issue with the handling of the 2009 Augusta County reassessment fell just short of taking a majority on the county Board of Supervisors.

Pastures District incumbent Tracy Pyles won a fifth term in Tuesday’s elections, and was joined by ticketmates Marshall Pattie in the North River District and David Karaffa in the Beverley Manor District. But the fourth member of the group, Kurt Michael, fell 125 votes short in his race against Jeff Moore in the Wayne District.

Moore, a Republican, received 53.2 percent of the vote in the race against Michael, a former Augusta County Republican Party chair.

Pyles, a Democrat, garnered 65.1 percent of the vote in his two-way race with Republican Jim Warren.

Karaffa, an indepedent and former candidate for the 20th House District GOP nomination, won by 46 votes over Republican incumbent Jeremy Shifflett. Karaffa received 51.1 percent of the vote in the race.

Pattie, a former Augusta County Democratic Party chair, received 64.6 percent of the vote in a three-way race with former Augusta Republican chair Larry Roller and independent Stephen Morris.

Larry Wills (Middle River), Michael Shull (Riverheads) and David Beyeler (South River) were all unopposed.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].