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Balderson wins re-election in Westmoreland County Sheriff's race

The Westmoreland Journal of Westmoreland, Virginia

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Incumbent Westmoreland County Sheriff C. O. Balderson celebrated his third victory at Stan's Skateland in Montross, with friends and family on Tuesday night after the election results came in.

Balderson won in a landslide, garnering nearly 2,500 votes or 68 percent. He has served as Westmoreland's sheriff since 2008.

Challenger f. Byron Wilkins netted just under 1,200 votes, or 32 percent.

"I am extremely thankful and so very humbled to have been re-elected as your sheriff," Balderson said after the results were tallied. "Words alone can't express my deepest appreciation for the support that has been given to me. It will not be forgotten nor taken for granted. I look forward to continuing to serve as your sheriff."

Aside from serving as Sheriff for Westmoreland County since 2008, Balderson serves on the Training Committee with the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy and with the Virginia Sheriff's Institute Board of Directors and is a Commissioner with The Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. (VLEPSC)

Balderson is a lifelong resident of Westmoreland County. After graduating from Washington and Lee High

School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice and Public Safety from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1992, Balderson joined the Virginia Department of Forestry as a Chief Forest Warden. Before being elected for Sheriff in Two of Westmoreland County's constitutional officers returned to office on Tuesday without opposition.

Carol B. Gawen was re-elected as Commissioner of the Revenue. She has held the position for 16 years, since she was first elected in 1999.

Gawen collected ??? votes, according to unofficial returns from the Virginia State Board of Elections.

"I am thrilled and honored to service the people of Westmoreland County as Commissioner of the Revenue. I would like to thank everyone for their support and confidence that they have shown me throughout my time." Gawen said.

Gawen, a mother of three and grandmother of five, has been working in the Commission of Revenue office since she graduated from

Washington and Lee High School in 1973. Gawen earned her degree from University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service in Charlottesville as a Master Commissioner of the Revenue.

Julia Hutt Sichol returned for a second term as Westmoreland's Commonwealth's Attorney.

Before coming back to Westmoreland County, Sichol was a prosecutor in Chesterfield County for almost six years and prior to that served as a public defender in Petersburg for 5 years.

Sichol was born and raised in Westmoreland County, she said she returned with her husband because they love Westmoreland county and want to raise thier children here.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Commonwealths Attorney in Westmoreland County," she said. "During the past four years, I have personally prosecuted hundreds of cases, including trials for murder, sexual assaults, robbery, child abuse, drug distribution and property offenses.

"I love my job and look forward to continuing as Commonwealth's Attorney for the next four years."

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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