Shenandoah County Republicans picked their slate of candidates Thursday to run in the general election on Nov. 5.
The Shenandoah County Republican Committee held a convention at Central High School in Strasburg and members nominated Richard Walker to run as the party’s candidate for county treasurer. The nomination came from the floor as Walker had not filed by the March 29 deadline for consideration.
Walker serves on the Board of Supervisors representing District 3. He announced recently he would not seek election to a second term. But some county Republicans started a campaign to nominate Walker in the hopes of putting him on the ballot to run against longtime Treasurer Cindy George, the Democratic Party candidate. George announced earlier this spring her intentions to run for another term. George has run unopposed for each of her terms.
Republican Committee Chairman Randy Gilbert led the convention and stated in an email Friday that all voting precincts were well represented by delegations.
“I felt the convention had a really good outcome, and I’m very happy with having a nearly full slate of great candidates,” Gilbert states in the email.
A member made a motion at the convention to change the voting rules, Gilbert said. The member withdrew the motion after Chris Marston, a lawyer for the Republican Party of Virginia, explained the voting procedure, Gilbert noted.
The committee chose the following candidates who faced no opposition for their nominations:
Commonwealth’s Attorney: Amanda McDonald Wiseley
Commissioner of the Revenue: Kathy Black
Sheriff: Timothy Carter
District 2 supervisor: Steve Baker
District 3 supervisor: Bradley Pollack
Wiseley won election to her office in 2011 and 2015 as an independent candidate. She returned to the Republican Party to seek its nomination and run for a third term.
Walker ran as an independent candidate in 2015 in a bid to unseat longtime Republican supervisor David Ferguson.
The Republican Party does not have a candidate to run for the Board of Supervisors seat representing District 6. Longtime District 6 Supervisor Conrad Helsley, a former member of the local Republican Party, ran as an independent candidate in 2015. Helsley fended off challenges in that election by Republican candidate S. John Massoud, then Strasburg Town Councilman Robert Baker and former member Sarah Mauck, the latter two running as independent candidates. However, Helsley announced in April he would not run for another term. Former Strasburg Town Councilman and Mayor Timothy Taylor announced shortly thereafter he would run for the District 6 seat.
The Shenandoah County Democrats do not anticipate any other candidates representing the party for the remaining constitutional offices or seats on the Board of Supervisors, Chairwoman Katherine Morrison stated by email Friday.