Primary election day is next Tuesday.

Incumbent First District Congressman Rob Wittman faces a challenge from within his own party’s ranks as Republican voters head to the polls this coming Tuesday to choose a candidate for the Nov. 4 general election.

Polls in Gloucester and Mathews counties will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., with this Saturday the last day to vote absentee in person.

Wittman, a Montross resident, has held the seat since 2007, when he won a special election to suc-ceed the late Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis of Gloucester. He will face newcomer Anthony Riedel. Riedel is a Gloucester High School graduate and works as a public relations specialist at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. He resides in Williamsburg.

According to Gloucester voter registrar Bobbi Morgan, these will be the only two candidates appearing on the ballot. “Virginia law specifically does not allow for write-in votes in primary elections and therefore, no write-in votes will be counted,” Morgan said.
Voters who wish to vote in-person absentee or fill out absentee ballot applications may do so today and Friday during regular business hours in registrars’ offices in Gloucester and Mathews. Voter registrars in both counties will also be open Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for those purposes.