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Former town council candidate arrested in gun incident

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com
Shenandoah County sheriff's deputies arrested an unsuccessful local government candidate in New Market on Saturday and charged him with two counts of brandishing a firearm.

Darren Wayne Swartz, 45, of 224 Tisinger St., ran for town council in Mt. Jackson on May 1, but lost to three other candidates.

He was taken into custody after the Sheriff's Office received a report of Swartz "displaying a handgun" in the 600 block of Smith Creek Road in New Market, Maj. Scott Proctor of the Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Deputies took what Proctor described as a small caliber handgun from Swartz's vehicle and processed it as evidence.

Proctor said the arrest stemmed from a domestic dispute. Proctor said Swartz showed the gun "in a threatening manner" to a 43-year-old woman from Broadway and 49-year-old man from Broadway during the incident. He said it was unclear whether the gun was loaded.

Proctor said New Market police assisted during the roadside investigation, which lasted about an hour.

Swartz is scheduled for two court dates, one at 9 a.m. May 30 in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and the other at 2 p.m. June 8 in Shenandoah County General District Court.

Swartz finished fourth out of five candidates running for three town council seats in Mt. Jackson. Returns from the state Board of Elections show him receiving 87 votes, well behind the third-place finisher, who garnered 115 votes.


Wow, just because a person runs for a Town Council seat gives the newspaper the right to post this for the readers. He did not win. He is an average joe and made a mistake just like the average joe's that write for the this paper. Report on things that the community needs to be aware of. This is very sad. But there are some people that will do what they can to ruin a person's life to justify there own actions....

They bring up a similar and antiquated situation every time a former (?) Strasburg councilman makes the news. His name escapes me at the moment, maybe someone else will chime in.

Wow, most of us "average Joe's" don't brandish weapons at people. It deserved to be reported.

Don't know were Ya'll are from and don't really care -but if your arrested by A Shenandoah Cty cop for domestic and over 18 -your name and address will show up in this paper somewhere. Then throw in A gun and make headlines

Don't know were Ya'll are from and don't really care -but if your arrested by A Shenandoah Cty cop for domestic and over 18 -your name and address will show up in this paper somewhere. Then throw in A gun and make headlines

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