A Shenandoah County supervisor says he is considering retiring but hopes first to find someone to take his place when his seat and two others come up for election in November.
Terms for seats representing districts 2, 3 and 6 on the Board of Supervisors end Dec. 31. Election Day is Nov. 5.
District 3 Supervisor Richard Walker said by phone Tuesday he hasn’t decided whether or not to run for a second term. At the same time, Walker said he’s trying to recruit someone whom he would encourage to run in his place.
“Well, I haven’t made a decision yet,” Walker said. “I’ve made it no secret that I am searching for someone to take my place.”
Walker ran in 2015 as an independent candidate to unseat longtime District 3 Supervisor David Ferguson, a Republican.
“I’ll be 71 years old this spring, and if I can find a fellow conservative interested in it, I’ll be glad to relinquish the spot to them since I did not ever seek to become a politician as such,” Walker added. “I have talked to several different people and I’ve gotten a little bit of interest and I am hopeful ... one or more of those individuals will step up and a lot depends on what other candidates there are.”
District 2 Supervisor Steven Baker said he hasn’t decided whether or not to seek a fourth term. Baker has run as the Republican Party candidate in each election.
“It is early,” Baker said. “We’re certainly considering (a run). Time’s moving on, but it looks promising at this point in time.
“I’m leaning toward it,” Baker added. “We’ll just wait and see how everything plays out.
The board’s work on the fiscal 2020 budget remains his primary concern, Baker said.
District 6 Supervisor Conrad Helsley said he likely would make an announcement in mid-April about his intentions once the board finishes most of its work on the fiscal 2020 budget. The chairman ran as the Republican Party candidate for his three terms.
Helsley withdrew from the Republican Party four years ago and ran for re-election as an independent candidate. The party nominated S. John Massoud to run for District 6. Helsley fended off Massoud, then-Strasburg Town Councilman Bob Baker and former member Sarah Mauck, the latter two also running as independent candidates, to win election to his fourth term.