By Joe Beck -- firstname.lastname@example.org
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.