Shenandoah County Republicans expect to put new and familiar names on this year’s election ballot in November but still want to put up candidates for other offices.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley filed papers by the Thursday deadline last week to run as a Republican for a third term. This marks the first time Wiseley sought election to the constitutional office with a party affiliation. Wiseley ran as an independent for each of her first two terms. In 2015, she fended off a challenger, who ran as the Republican Party candidate. The General Assembly elected Logan in February to take a judgeship in the 26th Judicial Circuit.
Randy Gilbert, chairman of the Shenandoah County Republican Party, confirmed Monday that Wiseley filed to run as the party’s candidate. The party will nominate Wiseley as its candidate since no one else sought to challenge her for the nomination, Gilbert said.
The chairman said he needed to file additional paperwork with the Shenandoah County Office of Voter Registration indicating the candidates the committee intends to run on the ballot. The committee still plans to hold a convention in May to consider nominating candidates to run for treasurer and the District 6 seat on the Board of Supervisors, positions that no one had filed with the local GOP by last week’s deadline, Gilbert said.
District 6 Supervisor Conrad Helsley has said he would make an announcement about his elections plans after the board takes action on the fiscal 2020 budget later this month. Timothy Taylor, a school system employee and former Strasburg mayor, stated in an email Monday he couldn’t confirm whether or not he would run for the District 6 seat on the board until Helsley makes a decision.
Treasurer Cindy George has filed with the Shenandoah County Office of Voter Registration to seek another term for her office, according to Lisa McDonald, director of elections and general registrar. McDonald also confirmed filings submitted by other people but noted that Gilbert must confirm nominations made by the Republican committee.
Sheriff Timothy C. Carter and Commissioner of Revenue Kathy Black filed to run for re-election to their offices as Republican candidates. No one else filed to challenge Carter or Black for the party nomination to run for the offices.
Edinburg resident and area attorney Bradley Pollack filed to run as a Republican for the District 3 seat on the Board of Supervisors. Gilbert noted that Pollack had run for offices in the past. Pollack recently ran for a seat on the Edinburg Town Council.
District 2 Supervisor Steve Baker filed to run for a fourth term on the board, again as a Republican.
Gilbert issued the official call at the party committee’s Feb. 19 meeting for nominating events as needed. The committee scheduled a county convention for May 16 to nominate Republican candidates to run for the Board of Supervisors’ seats representing Districts 2, 3 and 6 and the constitutional offices excluding the clerk of the circuit court whose term expires 2023.
Shenandoah County registered voters also can expect to see at least two choices for seats, one from each major political party, in the House of Delegates and state Senate on the Nov. 5 ballot. Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Mount Jackson, is running as the Republican Party candidate seeking re-election in the 15th District in the House of Delegates. The Shenandoah County Democrats nominated Beverly Harrison to challenge Gilbert for the seat. State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, is running as the Republican Party candidate seeking re-election to his seat representing the 26th District in the Virginia Senate. Shenandoah County Democrats nominated April Moore to challenge Obenshain for the seat.
Shenandoah County Democrats Katherine Morrison said by phone Monday that the party does not plan to run candidates for any other offices in this year’s election. The party had planned to hold a primary but canceled the election.
Anyone seeking to run for a public office in the Nov. 5 election must file paperwork with the local registrar or the Virginia Department of Elections by Jun. 11.