Helsley to seek re-election as independent

Conrad Helsley

Shenandoah County Supervisor Conrad Helsley plans to seek re-election after all.

Helsley announced Friday that he intends to run for another term as the District 6 representative on the Board of Supervisors.

Helsley did not file with the Shenandoah County Republican Committee by its deadline to seek its nomination to run for the seat. S. John Massoud was the only person to file with the party to run for the district.

But Republicans, Democrats, independents and Strasburg Town Councilmen in the district encouraged Helsley to put his name in the hat.

“I think from about the middle of March on I’ve had many people come, many calls and even some meetings and after consideration I think I will run for another term,” Helsley said Friday.

Helsley, a Republican, was first elected to the board in 2005. This time Helsley must run as an independent. In order to do so, Helsley needs to collect enough signatures by June 9 to appear on the ballot as an independent. Supporters already have taken to the streets to collect the signatures, Helsley said.

“I think I’ve done a good job and I’ll continue doing the same things that I’ve done in the past,” Helsley said. “I think I look at the issues from all sides before I make a decision. My answer to all questions is not going to be ‘no, we can’t do it.’ I want to study it before I make that decision. I try to represent all groups — not any one group.”

Helsley, 64, and his wife Esther have a daughter in Tennessee. Helsley graduated from Central High School. Helsley, a dentist, received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University and his doctorate from the Medical College of Virginia.

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