Accountant seeks county commissioner post

Francois Flippen

Warren County Republicans might pick a challenger to run for the Commissioner of the Revenue office in the Nov. 3 election.

François Flippen plans to seek the Republican Party nomination to run for the constitutional office, he said Wednesday. Flippen missed the deadline earlier this year to file for the party’s consideration but can be selected because he is the only person seeking its nomination to run for the office.

Flippen, 38, works as an accounting manager for Petrine Construction in Front Royal. Flippen moved to Front Royal when he was 12. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from Christendom College and his master’s in business administration from John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego. Flippen said he’s in the process of becoming a certified public accountant.

Flippen cited his background in accounting and an interest in real estate data as a reason for entering the race.

“From what I understand, basically three-quarters of the job over there is dealing with the real estate appraisals of people’s property and it’s just that whole thing is totally fascinating to me,” Flippen said Wednesday. “I’m trained in accounting, which is useful for that, but I have honest and sincere interest in general real estate and keeping track of all that.”

Flippen said he would like to improve the office’s online payment options if elected.

Flippen has served as the secretary of the Warren County Builders Association. He and his wife, Jennifer, have six children.

Commissioner of the Revenue Sherry Sours is running as an independent candidate for election to her first four-year term in the office. Sours was elected to the seat in a special election in November 2013 to fill the rest of the term left vacant after the unexpected death of longtime Commissioner John Smedley Sr.

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