Walker to challenge Ferguson for seat

Richard Walker

Another political newcomer plans to challenge a Shenandoah County supervisor for his board seat.

Richard R. Walker announced his intentions this week to run as an independent candidate for the District 3 seat on the Board of Supervisors. Walker will vie for the position against Republican Party candidate David Ferguson, who is seeking re-election.

“The state of our local government right now seems to be one of conflict,” Walker said Wednesday when asked why he chose to run. “My frustration for over the last 10 years or 12 years … has been one of communication and response.”

Walker said Ferguson has not over the years responded to his questions or requests to sit down and talk about various issues.

“My feeling about that lack of response was that I think the citizens in the last election indicated they wanted more communication and transparency,” Walker said. “And what I think the existing board did was to double down on a majority instead of opening up the local government and creating the discussion that should have been discussion and instead have been confrontational.”

Walker, 67, is a retired, certified public accountant. He serves on the board of directors and as a consultant for Managing Partner Rental Properties. He has worked as a consultant, an independent CPA and an adjunct instructor at community colleges. Walker has owned and managed commercial and residential real estate for more than 35 years. He volunteers with the Seton Home Study School in Front Royal and owns a 31-acre farm.

Walker served on the county’s Citizens Advisory Committee and the panel that reviewed land-use planning. He has served with the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department and the Chamber of Commerce.

Walker and his wife, Pat, have two grown children.

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