Rinaldi to seek Warren County board seat

Ralph Rinaldi

A Warren County Planning Commission member plans to run for a Board of Supervisors seat in the Nov. 3 election.

Ralph Rinaldi announced his intentions Friday to seek the Republican Party nomination to run for the Shenandoah Magisterial District. Rinaldi, 68, will challenge former Front Royal Town Councilman Thomas H. Sayre for the party’s nomination.

Board Chairman Richard Traczyk announced last year that he does not intend to run for another term on the board to serve the Shenandoah District.

“The effort that has been done by former and present supervisors for Warren County has been excellent,” Rinaldi said Friday. “There’s a good relationship between the School Board and the Board of Supervisors. … All those good relationships in Warren County [are] why Warren County’s been pretty successful and I’d like to stay on track with that.”

Rinaldi added that people in the community encouraged him to run on that idea.

“I just don’t want to see a disruption occur, and the reason I say that is because of the way there’s a disconnect between the town and the county,” Rinaldi said. “I think I can shore that disconnect up a little bit and make it less.”

Rinaldi cited Sayre as saying he wants to bridge the gap between the town and county.

“Tom [Sayre] may have had an opportunity; it didn’t get done,” Rinaldi added.

Rinaldi is a U.S. military veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. He retired from the concrete industry about 10 years ago and later went to work for Fauquier County Public Schools as a health and physical education teacher. Rinaldi retired from the school system about two years ago.

Rinaldi has served as a board member of the Shenandoah Farms Property Owners Association for more than 16 years. Supervisors appointed Rinaldi to the Planning Commission last year.

Rinaldi and his wife have grown children and grandchildren.

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