Shenandoah County registered voters can pick candidates for local seats and show support or opposition to a proposed meals tax when they go to the polls Tuesday.
County Treasurer Cindy George is running for re-election to another term in the constitutional office. District 3 Supervisor Richard Walker is challenging the longtime treasurer for her position. George is running as the Democratic Party candidate. Walker represents the Republican Party.
The following constitutional officers are running unopposed for another four-year term: Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley, Commissioner of the Revenue Kathy Black and Sheriff Timothy C. Carter. All three candidates represent the Republican Party.
Voters in three of the county’s six magisterial districts pick their representatives on the Board of Supervisors. Candidates in two of the districts are running unopposed for the board seats.
Attorney Bradley Pollack is challenging businessman F. Coe Sherrard for the District 3 seat. Walker is not running for a second term on the board. Pollack is running as the Republican Party candidate. Sherrard is running as an independent.
District 2 Supervisor Steven Baker is running unopposed for another term. Former Strasburg Mayor Timothy Taylor is running unopposed as an independent candidate for the District 6 board seat held by longtime Supervisor Conrad Helsey, who is not seeking another term.
Voters also can vote on a ballot referendum question that asks if the county should create a new tax on meals of up to 4%. Such a tax would apply only to qualifying businesses in Shenandoah County but outside the incorporated limits of each of the six towns. If a majority of voters vote “yes” to the question, the Board of Supervisors will take up the matter next year and must adopt an ordinance to establish the tax. Virginia code allows counties to establish and collect a meals tax at a rate not to exceed 4%. State law allows cities and towns to establish a meals tax without holding a ballot referendum. State code also does not limit at what rate cities or towns can charge customers.