Woodstock EMT to challenge Bailey

Thomas Spiggle II

Thomas Spiggle II

An emergency responder plans to challenge Cindy Bailey for her seat on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors.

Thomas Spiggle II, 38, said Thursday he’s collected signatures necessary to qualify to appear on the ballot in the Nov. 7 general election. Spiggle intends to run as an independent candidate for the District 4 seat on the board held by Bailey, who plans to seek a second term.

Spiggle said he decided to run for office because “I was just really tired watching the board not doing anything to improve public service, the schools.”

“I feel the board as a whole should be there to take care of the citizens of the county, not have their own agendas,” Spiggle said.

Spiggle works as a paid emergency medical technician for the Woodstock Rescue Squad and serves as a member of the Woodstock Fire Department. He said he understands the need for more emergency responders at the Conicville Volunteer Fire Department and at Orkney Springs Fire and Rescue. The Woodstock Rescue Squad often has to respond to emergency calls in the Conicville area when no crews are available, Spiggle said.

The school system faces problems with aging infrastructure and keeping experienced teachers from leaving, Spiggle said. Strasburg High School has a problem with keeping guidance counselors, he added. The county also needs more deputies,  especially to handle the growing problem with heroin.

Spiggle graduated from Strasburg High School in 1998 and then worked for Custom Printing Products for 12 years, rising through the ranks to supervisor. Spiggle left the business in 2012 to work as a paid EMT at Woodstock Rescue Squad,  where he had volunteered prior to his employment with the agency.

Spiggle and his wife Brittany, who runs a salon in Edinburg, have four children attending county public schools.

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

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