Irvin to run for clerk as independent

Sarona Irvin

Sarona Irvin joins the growing number of area Republicans who plan to run on their own in November.

Irvin lost her bid at a convention Friday to run for circuit court clerk on the Shenandoah County Republican Committee’s party ticket. More delegates voted for Irvin. But votes cast by delegates supporting David George carried more weight, thus giving him the victory.

Irvin announced on Monday her intentions to run for the office as an independent candidate.

“So it’s very disappointing to me because I don’t think I got what I deserved and now I really think they stand a good chance of not having the office represented by a Republican because I think the county will support me and my experience,” Irvin said.

Irvin also criticized those who voted for George as retribution for the fact that longtime Clerk Denise Estep supported Amanda Wiseley’s successful, independent bid for commonwealth’s attorney four years ago against Republican candidate Jeremy McCleary, mayor of Woodstock. Irvin called that issue water under the bridge, saying that these voters “can’t seem to get past the past.”

“My heart carries Republican values and principles but those on the Shenandoah County GOP do not seem to know how to carry those principles forward any longer,” Irvin said in a statement. “So I am relieved to not be a part of that organization, and as the other two independent candidates for clerk have stated to the press, this office shouldn’t be about politics anyway.”

Irvin noted that George, who works in the finance industry, has no legal or court experience nor does he have a connection to the party. Irvin holds a criminal justice degree, has 29 years experience in the legal and court systems and has served the committee for 20 years.

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