Letter to the Editor: Candidate had promised to support nominees


As chairman of the Shenandoah District for the Warren County Republican Committee, I am greatly disappointed that the candidate who was defeated by Tom Sayre in the Shenandoah District supervisor Republican primary election has announced that he is running again as an independent candidate against Sayre.

Voters might be interested to learn that this losing candidate signed a document on Aug. 28, 2014, when he joined our local Republican Committee, which reads as follows:  “All legal and qualified voters of Warren County, Virginia, who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and who if requested, express in open meeting, either orally or in writing as may be required, their intent to support all of its nominees for public office in the ensuing election, may participate as members of the Warren County Republican Committee in its mass meetings, party canvasses, conventions, or primaries encompassing their respective Election Districts.”

Both Republican candidates were reminded in 2015 of this signed statement and each orally agreed to support the winner of the Republican primary election. This verbal mutual agreement was made at a meeting at the Samuels Public Library as requested by and in the presence of both the current Warren County Republican Committee chairman, Steve Kurtz, and the immediate past Republican Committee chairman, Dominic Repici.

When the candidate decided to enter the Republican canvass/primary, he presented himself as someone who is dedicated to our shared principles and agreed to back our nominees regardless of the outcome. Now he’s decided that this is a promise that can be shed like a winter coat. How can we trust a candidate who may shed his commitments as a county supervisor?

Dr. Mary Kay Clark, chairman, Shenandoah District, Warren County Republican Committee