It may still be summertime but some of this Novemberâ??s races are going to be sizzling well into fall. No doubt the race for Commonwealthâ??s Attorney and Sheriff will be the hottest contests. Incumbent Megan Frederick is being challenged by Paul Walther and Monica Chernin. The race for sheriff is split four ways with incumbent Scott Jenkins facing Patrick Coffey, Mike Grant, and C.J. Johnson. But as the final day for registering got closer, two of the four incumbent supervisors will get a challenge – West Fairfax representative and chairman Steve Nixon from Gary Deal as well as Catalpa representative Sue Hansohn from Richard Dykes. East Fairfax representative and vice-chairman Steve Walker and Salem representative Alexa Fritz have no challengers for their bid for re-election to another term. Four are seeking re-election for Culpeperâ??s town council but an additional two names on the ballot – Jamie Clancey and Hank Milans III – could alter councilâ??s dynamic. School board seats currently held by Patricia Baker, Anne Luckinbill, Nate Clancy and Rachel Carter are uncontested. Clerk of the Court Janice Corbin, Commissioner of Revenue Terry Yowell and Treasurer David DeJarnette are also unchallenged. Three would like to sit on the Soil and Water Conservation District but only two will win. Youâ??ll be able to choose from Andrew Campbell, Robert Ellis and Tom Oâ??Halloran. Statewise, incumbent Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-17th) will face Albermarle School Board member Ned Gallaway (D). Other state seats are uncontested like Del. Michael Webert (R-18th), Sen. Jill Vogel (R-27), Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-24) and Del. Nick Freitas (R-30).
This week we begin our coverage of the candidates starting with town council candidates incumbent Dave Lochridge and hopeful candidate Jamie Clancey.
All candidates were sent the same set of questions and asked to respond by the same date. Thus, no candidate would have the opportunity to view another candidateâ??s answers before their profile appears. Separate sets of questions have been prepared for each race.
Stay tuned in October when we partner with the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, Culpeper Media Network and the Culpeper Business Women to present a series of public forums where you will be able to hear and greet prospective candidates. Mark your calendars for Oct. 8, 15 and 22.
In the meantime, this week read about Dave and Jamie and hopefully start to learn about all of your potential elected officials as November gets closer.
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