District 5 candidates weigh in before election

Dennis Morris

Shenandoah County voters in District 5 hit the polls Nov. 7 to pick their Board of Supervisors representative.

Candidates running for Districts 1, 4 and 5 responded by email recently to a series of questions ahead of Election Day. District 5 Supervisor Marsha Shruntz is running for a second term on the board. Dennis Morris is seeking to return to the board. Morris is running as the Republican Party candidate. Shruntz is running as an independent candidate.

District 5

Full name: Dennis Morris.

Age: 65.

Marsha Shruntz

Family: Wife Doris.

Education: Graduate of Strasburg High School and Lord Fairfax Community College.

Length of time in county: 55 years in the county.

Occupation or, if retired, most recent job: Self employed in family owned business Moo Manor Farms.

How would you prioritize the county’s spending of its tax dollars?

1. Public safety and welfare of our citizens must come first–Sheriffs Department and Fire and Rescue including the volunteers.

2. Education.

3. Economic development.

4. Sanitary landfill.

When would you authorize salary increases for county government employees and would you support across-the-board raises or adjustments based on merit?

We must support and take care of our county employees. Both pay increases across the board and merit pay are options I would consider.

Where do you feel the county should spend the money collected through rollback taxes?

At least $50,000 needs to be set aside for matching funds (state and federal) to help with conservation easements and perhaps more in future years. I have many ideas to share if elected.

Would you give up your annual stipend paid to each supervisor to help cut spending and, if so, where would you recommend the county allocate the money?

No

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Full name: Marsha Shruntz.

Age: 69.

Family: Married, granddaughter, two great-grand children.

Education: James Madison High School.

Length of time in county: 25 years.

Occupation or, if retired, most recent job: Retired/Board of Supervisor member.

How would you prioritize the county’s spending of its tax dollars?

Mandated taxpayer services come first, capital improvement projects second then tax relief for all taxpayers.

When would you authorize salary increases for county government employees and would you support across-the-board raises or adjustments based on merit?

In a perfect world this would be great (salary increases and merit raises). My constituents in District 5 very rarely get a raise. Most live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to pay the rent or mortgage.

They make hard decisions to buy medicine or food. The small business owner makes hard decisions to stay open and make payroll every week. They are on my mind during budget sessions.

Where do you feel the county should spend the money collected through rollback taxes?

Deposit into the county general fund balance and use for core services related to development.

Would you give up your annual stipend paid to each supervisor to help cut spending and, if so, where would you recommend the county allocate the money?

I would consider a decrease if top-heavy county salaried administration personnel will offer to consider the same, in all departments. I would vote for the extra funds go to public safety.

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