Area voters to fill board positions

While national attention has focused on the Virginia governor’s race,  there are a number of local elections to keep an eye on as well today.

There are contested board of supervisors elections in Shenandoah and Frederick counties. In Shenandoah County, incumbent independent John “Dick” Neese is running against Republican Karen Kwiatkowski in District 1, incumbent independent Cindy Bailey is running against independent Karl Roulston in District 4 and incumbent independent Marsha Shruntz is running against Republican candidate Dennis Morris in the District 5.

Incumbent Shannon Trout is competing against Republican Kevin Callanan in the Shawnee District, Frederick County’s only contested board of supervisors race.

Two incumbent Republicans, Chris Collins and Mark Webert, are facing contested elections for the Virginia House of Delegates. Webert, the representative for District 18, which covers part of Warren County, is running against Democrat Tristan Shields and Green Party candidate Will King.

Collins, who represents the 29th District covering Winchester, Frederick and Warren counties, is running against Democratic candidate Casey Turben.

In both House of Delegates elections, the incumbent candidates outmatched their opponents in fundraising, according to data from the Virginia Public Access Project.  Collins raised around $65,000, compared to $15,000 for Turben.

Webert raised around $115,000, compared to King’s $60,000 and Shields’ $43,000.

Shenandoah County and Frederick County will both see contested school board elections. There are three candidates – Chris Boies, Shelby Kline and Eugene Putkowski – running to represent Shenandoah County’s 5th District. The District 1 and 4 elections in Shenandoah County are uncontested.

In Frederick County, there are two contested school board elections, one in the Shawnee District and one in the Red Bud District. Incumbent Jay Foreman is running against D.B. “Dody” Stottlemyer in the Shawnee District.

Red Bud District constituents will see a new face representing them on the Frederick County School Board. Shontya Washington is running against Linda Fenner in that election.

In Warren County, both school board elections are uncontested, leaving the school board with the same set of members.

Polls open Tuesday at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. For information about where to vote, visit www.elections.virginia.gov/voter-outreach/where-to-vote.html.