Frederick County board chairman running in 10th District

By Joe Beck

The chairman of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday he is entering the race to replace U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Vienna, in the 10th District.

Richard C. Shickle said he plans to file papers soon officially declaring his candidacy for the Republican nomination. He joins Del. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, who announced her candidacy Tuesday, and Tareq Salahi of Front Royal, who first gained notoriety for crashing a White House state dinner and an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2013.

“I am running for Congress because I believe my strong record as a common sense conservative leader is what is needed in Congress,” Comstock said in a written statement. “I know how to effectively fight for Northern Virginia’s hard working taxpayers having first learned from Congressman Wolf (while) working in his his congressional office.”

Shickle has been board chairman since 2000 and was first elected to the board as a supervisor from the Gainesboro district in 1996.

“I am deeply concerned and interested in the quality of the representation in the 10th district,” Shickle said. “Good representation in Washington is very important to me.”

In a written statement, Shickle called on the federal government to “regain its fiscal integrity” and condemned “an escalating federal debt coupled with too many programs that are not sustainable.”

He also criticized a foreign policy that “uses too many resources for too little benefit with questionable purposes and/or results.”

Shickle is vice president of administration and finance at Shenandoah University and a certified public accountant. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in public administration.

Shickle said he will remain on the board during the campaign.

Another employee of Shenandoah University, Karen Schultz, said Tuesday she may run for the 10th district nomination on the Democratic side.

“I will just say one thing,” Schultz said. “I am extremely interested and exploring it and let’s leave it at that.”

Schultz is director of the Center for Public Service and Scholarship and has been a member of Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s transition committee. She ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate in 2007.

Winchester attorney Beau Correll said Tuesday he is considering joining the race for the Republican nomination.

Correll, who is chairman of the Winchester Republican Committee, said much depends on whether he can build a successful coalition and raise enough money.

“I am talking to some people, and we’re just bouncing it around a little bit,” Correll said of a possible candidacy.

Other Republicans who have expressed an interest in running or have been mentioned as possible candidates by others include State Sen. Richard Black, R-Leesburg, former 11th District candidate Keith Fimian and former Prince William Board of Supervisors member John Stirrup.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors member John Foust, Fairfax attorney Richard Bolger and Leesburg architect Sam Kubba are the Democrats who have announced their candidacies so far.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com