Council ballot draws 450 early votes

More than 450 voters have already cast their ballots in a four-way race for two open seats on the Fredericksburg City Council after the close of early voting Tuesday.

Regular election day voting will follow on Saturday, May 11, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. in the Fredericksburg Middle School Cafeteria.

Exactly 250 residents cast their ballots in the first week of early voting April 29-May 3, while 87 voted Monday and 119 cast their ballot on the final day of early voting Tuesday for a total of 456 early voters, according to city communications manager Juli Bahlinger.

Early voting totals in the Doss Common Consolidated School District board of trustees race saw 44 voters cast their ballots April 29-May 3, with 21 residents early voting on Monday and Tuesday for 65 total.

In the city council race, former Fredericksburg city manager Gary Neffendorf and James McAfee are challenging incumbents Scott Jones and Graham Pearson in a four-way race for two spots on the council.

To be eligible to hold elected office in the city, a resident must be a registered voter, have lived in Fredericksburg for at least the last 12 consecutive months, and not owe the city any money, such as back taxes, penalties or fines.

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