GOP picks McCool for commissioner race

By Alex Bridges

The race for the Warren County commissioner of the revenue post may come down to a choice among two office co-workers and a local businessman.

Interim Commissioner of the Revenue Sherry T. Sours withdrew her name late Thursday from consideration as the Warren County Republican Party candidate in the Nov. 5 special election. Sours said by phone Friday she now intends to run for the constitutional office as an independent candidate.

Sours’ withdrawal left the county GOP with one other candidate seeking the nomination — local businessman and longtime Republican Party supporter Mike D. McCool. As a result, GOP Chairman Dominic “Dom” Repici canceled the party’s mass meeting set for Friday night.

Sours joins Roy K. Boyles, a fellow employee in the commissioner’s office and the North River District representative on Warren County School board, as independent candidates seeking the position.

All three candidates have filed the necessary forms with the county to seek the office, said General Registrar Carol L. Tobin.

A busy schedule and family matters so close to the mass meeting and a desire to keep politics out of the office led Sours to withdraw from the nominating contest, she said. Candidates seeking the party’s nomination have a short time to attract supporters to vote in the mass meeting, Sours said.

“From my heart, I just believe that that was the right thing to do,” Sours said. “It would keep the … party stuff out of the office and I would be open to all the taxpayers.”

Sours initially planned to run as an independent for the position, she recalled.

Sours, a 34-year employee of the office, assumed the top post in the interim in September after longtime Commissioner John H. Smedley Sr. died unexpectedly Aug. 24 midway into his four-year term. Circuit Judge Dennis Hupp ordered that the county hold a special election this November to fill the unexpired term.

The county GOP planned the mass meeting — one of several methods used to nominate candidates to run for political office — because Sours and McCool filed with the party, both seeking the same position.

Boyles has worked in the commissioner’s office for 18 years and serves as supervisor of the real estate department.

McCool has run National Media Services for 33 years.

A general election also takes place Nov. 5 for seats representing the Happy Creek and Fork districts on the Board of Supervisors and the School Board. Only the incumbents — Happy Creek District Supervisor Tony Carter and Fork District Supervisor Archie A. Fox — will run as GOP candidates.

School Board members have no political affiliation and run as independent candidates.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com