Rinaldi to make independent run for board

Ralph Rinaldi

Ralph Rinaldi renewed his challenge against Thomas H. Sayre for a seat on the Warren County Board of Supervisors.

Rinaldi announced Monday that he plans to run as an independent for the Shenandoah District in the Nov. 3 election. That means he must obtain the necessary amount of signatures by June 9 in order to qualify as a candidate and to appear on the ballot.

“I think the biggest thing … is the amount of people calling here,” Rinaldi said Monday. “I’d fully expected people I’d worked with on this to be calling, you know, they all have an agenda.

“But it was people that didn’t really have an agenda,” Rinaldi added. “They were just regular folks.”

Rinaldi, a member of the Planning Commission, lost against Sayre last month in a Republican Committee canvass in which both candidates sought the party’s nomination to run for the Shenandoah District seat. Supervisor Richard Traczyk does not intend to seek re-election. Sayre, a former member of Front Royal Town Council, received 223 votes compared to Rinaldi’s 198 votes in the committee’s April 23 canvass.

Supporters called Rinaldi after the canvass and encouraged him to run anyway, he said. Rinaldi cited the narrow, 25-vote margin as another reason to keep campaigning.

General Registrar Carol Tobin said Monday that independent candidates must collect 125 signatures that qualify as voters in the district. Rinaldi said his supporters plan to begin collecting signatures immediately.

Rinaldi, a U.S. Navy veteran, graduated from Virginia Tech in 1974 with a degree in education and worked in Fairfax County Public Schools. Rinaldi changed careers and worked in the concrete business. Rinaldi returned to his career in education in 2005 and worked for Fauquier County Public Schools.

Rinaldi and his wife, Edna, have two sons and six grandchildren.

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