Parker to vie for board seat

N. Shae Parker

Former Front Royal Town Councilman N. Shae Parker plans to run for Warren County supervisor.

Parker announced Friday his intentions to seek the North River District seat on the Board of Supervisors as the Warren County Democratic Committee’s candidate. Parker will face off against Supervisor Daniel J. Murray Jr., the Republican Party candidate, who’s seeking a second term.

Parker lost a re-election bid in November and intended initially to step aside from politics.

“In talking with citizens and them voicing their complaints with the status quo, I felt like I had more to offer at this point,” Parker said. “I really did some soul-searching after being asked repeatedly if I would consider a run and I felt that the town and the county could both benefit simultaneously by my services on the [board].”

Parker described himself as socially liberal and fiscally conservative and said the county needs to spend within its means. He supported council’s effort to keep local elections non-partisan but said that a “grassroots” campaign wouldn’t work in a county election. When the Democratic Committee courted him, he accepted the nomination. Committee Chairwoman Molly F. Snyder said this week she was ecstatic that Parker will run for the party, noting his qualifications as a former councilman.

Parker is a Richmond native who moved to Warren County in 1979 at age 7. Parker left a 15-year career in radio in 2004 and bought Hanna Sign Company LLC. He was first elected to council in 2008 and served as vice mayor from 2012 through 2014.

Parker serves on the Board of Directors at the Northern Virginia 4H Education and Conference Center in Harmony Hollow. Parker sings and plays bass in The Church Street Project.

Parker and his family live at 5 S. 17th St. in Front Royal.

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