Shenandoah GOP to hold convention April 1

Shenandoah County Republicans pick a new leader next month and the choice could come down to one of two challengers.

The Shenandoah County Republican Committee plans to hold a convention on April 1 at Central High School in Woodstock. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with the convention convening at 7:30 p.m.

Chairman Craig Orndorff said Wednesday the committee expects to hold a contested chairman’s race between S. John Massoud and Vito Gentile. Massoud, of Strasburg, ran as the party’s candidate for the District 6 seat on the Board of Supervisors. Former Republican Conrad Helsley retained his seat and won another term, this time as an independent candidate.

Gentile, of Basye, serves as the committee chairman for District 1.

Orndorff said that 224 people filed to be delegates to the convention. No precinct had more individuals file than the number of delegates allotted so the committee canceled all precinct-level mass meetings scheduled for tonight. Details on apportionment are available at

Orndorff said that 102 people filed to run for 40 precinct slots. All precincts except Cedar Creek and Fort Valley will see contested races. Additionally, the convention as a whole will elect 17 at-large members.

All individuals who filed to represent the county at the district and state GOP conventions are declared elected.

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