Counties set ballots for local races

Voters in the valley will choose local leaders in the Nov. 7 election.

Voter registrars in area counties qualified candidates Tuesday who applied to run for state and local offices in the Nov. 7 election.

Both major parties decided to hold primaries, in some cases for local offices, on the same day as the filing deadline for independent candidates. This scheduling decision gave candidates seeking those public offices two choices: Take a chance that voters would choose them in the primary to run as a party candidate or file as an independent, a move that places them on the November ballot without going through a primary. A candidate who lost in the primary would have forfeited the chance to run as an independent.

Shenandoah County

Shenandoah County District 1 Supervisor John R. “Dick” Neese announced earlier this year his intentions to seek the Republican Party nomination to run for a fifth term. Neese ran as a Republican to win his first four terms. Shortly after Neese publicized his plans, Karen Kwiatkowski announced her intention to challenge the supervisor for the party’s nomination in the primary. Neese ditched his plan and announced his intention to run for re-election as an independent candidate. The Republican Committee of Shenandoah County then nominated Kwiatkowski by acclamation as its candidate to run for the District 1 seat.

The Republican Committee also nominated Dennis Morris as its candidate to run for the District 5 seat against incumbent Marsha Shruntz. Morris lost his re-election bid four years ago to Shruntz, who ran as an independent candidate after failing to receive the Republican Party nomination against the veteran supervisor. Shruntz is running as an independent candidate in her re-election bid.

The Republican Committee did not produce a candidate to run for the District 4 seat on the Board of Supervisors. Instead, voters can choose between two independent candidates – incumbent Cindy Bailey and Karl Roulston. Bailey won election to her first term four years ago as an independent candidate, defeating Republican Steven P. Shaffer and Democrat Emily G. Scott. Bailey ran as an independent after failing to win Republican Party support in the same nominating contest.

Warren County

Seats on the Board of Supervisors and School Board representing the Fork and Happy Creek districts come up for election in November. Fork District Supervisor Archie Fox and Happy Creek District Supervisor Tony Carter will run unopposed for re-election to their seats. School Board members Catherine R. Bower and James S. Wells will run unopposed for re-election to their seats serving the Fork and Happy Creek districts, respectively.

Frederick County

Voters in four county districts can choose their representatives on the Board of Supervisors and the School Board.

Stonewall District Supervisor Judith McCann-Slaughter’s term expires Dec. 31. McCann-Slaughter will run unopposed for the seat on the Republican Party ticket.

Shawnee District Supervisor Gene Fisher’s term expire Dec. 31. Fisher declined to seek re-election. Kevin Callanan and Shannon Trout will vie for the seat. Callanan received the Republican Party nomination. Trout is running as an independent.

Red Bud District voters elected Blaine P. Dunn in a special election in 2015 to fill a term set to expire Dec. 31. Dunn received the Republican Party nomination and will run unopposed for the seat.

The terms of Frederick County School Board members Peggy Clark, Jay W. Foreman and Frank E. Wright, who represent the Red Bud, Shawnee and Stonewall districts, respectively, expire Dec. 31.

Shontya Washington and Linda Fenner filed to run for the Red Bud District seat on the School Board. Foreman will seek another term and face off against challenger D.B. “Doddy” Stottlemyer for the Shawnee district seat. Wright will run unopposed for another term on the School Board.

The county also will hold a special election to decide who represents the Gainesboro District on the Board of Supervisors. The board appointed former Opequon District supervisor Bill M. Ewing to the Gainesboro seat last November to serve out the term set to expire this Dec. 31. Republican candidate J. Douglas McCarthy has filed to run in the special election. Candidates have until Aug. 15 to file to run for the seat.