Shenandoah Democrats choose clerk candidate

Adam Sharp

A fifth person has stepped into the race for the Shenandoah County Circuit Court Clerk.

Adam Sharp intends to run for the constitutional office in the Nov. 3 election. Sharp received the Shenandoah County Democratic Committee’s nomination to run for the party, Chairman Tony Dorrell said Tuesday.

Sharp joins Republican Party candidate David George and independent candidates Sarona Irvin, Lisa Long and Tammy Heishman in the race for the clerk’s position. Longtime Clerk Denise Estep does not plan to run for another eight-year term.

“I think the Shenandoah County Democrats and the Democratic voters deserve a candidate who shares their values instead of having to hold their nose for one of the varieties of Republicans that’s running,” Sharp said.

“I think we need to have a break from the divisiveness and the petty partisanship that’s been going on,” Sharp added. “We need a clerk who is going to make it very clear that the office is not going to be used to interfere in feuds, to pay back grudges or to be used as a political football.”

Sharp said he aligned with the party when the United States invaded Iraq in 2003 — an act he opposed. Sharp has been active with the Virginia Young Democrats, the Democratic Party of Virginia and party committees in Harrisonburg and Shenandoah County.

Sharp, 32, works as a sales manager at Bowman Andros in Mount Jackson and holds a degree in history from James Madison University. He serves as the treasurer of the Shenandoah County Soccer League.

The Pennsylvania native and son of a church pastor lived in New Jersey before moving to the valley in 1995. Sharp has lived in the Quicksburg area for almost nine years. He and his wife have two children.

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