Portsmouth election: Moore wins sheriff’s race

Voters go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Portsmouth.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Citizens have elected a new Sheriff in the city of Portsmouth.

Incumbent Sheriff Bill Watson lost to Michael Moore, a college professor and Retired Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Only a little more than 1,200 votes separated the two candidates.

Moore had 47 percent of the vote to Watson’s 42 percent. The third candidate, Glenn Perry had 10 percent.

Incumbent Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales claimed a victory to remain in her position.

She won 62.9 percent of the vote while her opponent Thomas T. J. Wright had 36.7%.

Morales celebrated with a crowd a Guad’s Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Portsmouth.

Only 10 On Your Side was there to interview her live after she won.

Our Brandi Cummings asked her, “How are you feeling?” To which Morales responded, “I feel amazing, this win tonight is directly related to the work ethic of my supporters who made this possible.”

Cummings also said, “There were some who openly withdrew support for you, what message does that send and what do you want to say to the people of Portsmouth tonight?”

Morales told her, “This win tonight was a mandate. It really sent the message that the citizens of our city are not interested in political squabbling between elected officials. They want true public servants who will answer to them and only them.”

In the race for Treasurer, Paige Cherry came out the victor with 47percent of the vote. Elizabeth Psimas got 26 percent and Ron Melton got 25 percent.

Our crews spent time at two different precincts Tuesday afternoon. Poll workers said they saw a steady stream of voters throughout the day.

It seems the chilly weather, overcast skies and misty rain weren’t enough to keep many people from the polls.

Overall a total of 46 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. By around 8:30 p.m. all precincts were reporting.