Massoud to seek board seat

S. John Massoud plans to run for a seat on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors in November.

Massoud said Monday he intends to seek the Republican Party nomination to run for District 6, which covers much of the northern end of Shenandoah County.

“I am concerned about the direction of the county board regarding spending and I believe that we need to promote economic growth throughout Shenandoah County and do a better job of maintaining relations with local law enforcement,” Massoud said when asked why he wants to run for the seat.

Longtime Supervisor Conrad Helsley represents the northern district on the board. Helsley’s re-election plans were not known Monday.

The supervisors’ vote last spring to raise the real estate tax rate compelled him to run for the board seat, Massoud recalled.

“The final straw was tax night last year, where the powers that be in Woodstock were handing out pamphlets basically … trying to guilt people in Shenandoah County to want to pay higher taxes, and that really bothered me because we should be proud of the fact that we have a low tax rate and we should be promoting this and we need to be promoting business,” Massoud said. “There’s a problem when the county government is your No. 1 job creator and so we need to be promoting economic growth.”

Massoud, 50, serves as vice president of the Arlington Blue Top Cabs and Dulles Aiport Taxi. He is a member of the Shenandoah County Historical Society, the Strasburg Heritage Association and the Sons of the American Revolution. Massoud moved to the county almost five years ago.

Election Day is Nov. 3.

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