Wakeman to seek seat on Shenandoah board

Mike Wakeman

Business owner Michael “Mike” Wakeman plans to run for the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors.

Wakeman, 54, who operates Wakeman Farm, a poultry processing plant on Readus Road near Edinburg, said he intends to run for the District 2 seat on the board as an independent candidate in the Nov. 3 general election. He said he recently filed the paperwork required for a candidate to appear on the ballot.

When asked why he wants to run, Wakeman cited three reasons:

“We’ve have three consecutive years of taxes being raised that’s put a tremendous amount of financial burden on county citizens and I just believe, overall, that we need to have more responsible and sound money management in regards to tax-revenue expenditures,” Wakeman said.

Wakeman went on to say that he thinks the county needs to promote economic growth. He also said that over the last decade, the county has lost over a thousand jobs and that there are a lot of once thriving businesses now sitting dormant.

“The county, outside those employed by the local government, is rampantly becoming an economic wasteland, so to speak,” he said.

“Lastly, I just think … the wishes of the citizens have been ignored by certain board members and, above all else, I would make adherence to constituent wishes my top priority,” Wakeman said.

Wakeman said he usually supports Republican candidates but chose to run as an independent because the party’s “brand has sort of been tarnished, so to speak, in this county.” Independent candidates have run successful campaigns recently, he noted.

Wakeman and his wife Loretta have two children, one attending Bridgewater College and the other at Valley Baptist Christian School near Edinburg.

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