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Don’t forget to vote in BG and PR
BY PORTSIA SMITH
Eight candidates will vie for three seats on the Bowling Green Town Council in today’s election.
Councilman Bobby Ketterman is seeking re-election, but Mark Mallin and Eric Hinson are not.
Seven challengers have joined the race. The new candidates are: Mary Frances Coleman, Jean M. Davis, Armando Flores, Matthew Rowe, Gene Self and Bill Thornton.
The three winners will serve four-year terms.
Because the council serves staggered terms, Councilmen Glenn McDearmon, Jason Satterwhite, Daniel Webb, Otis Wright and Mayor David Storke will continue to serve for two more years.
In Port Royal, Caroline County‘s other incorporated town, six people are running for seven seats on the Town Council.
Candidates include Monica Chenault, Jim Heimback, Bill Henderson, Nancy Long, Della F. Mills and Bill Wick.
The write-in with the most votes will win the seventh seat.
The polls close at 7 p.m. tonight.
Here’s bios on the BG candidates:
MARY FRANCES COLEMAN
Age: 73. Family: Single. Occupation: Retired administrator of Washington law firm. Background: B.A. in English, University of Richmond; treasurer, Caroline County Habitat for Humanity; first coordinator for Caroline Chamber of Commerce; secretary of Diocese of Virginia Episcopal Church Women for three years; president of University of Richmond’s Alumni class of 1959, volunteer, Bowling Green Visitors Center; member, St. Asaph’s Episcopal Church. Issues: Making town and business center more livable and attractive; recreation; return of the farmers market.
JEAN M. DAVIS
Age: 70. Family: Single, two adult children. Occupation: Retired day care owner; currently a caretaker and Mary Kay consultant. Background: Ambassador for State Fair of Virginia; served on the Board of Zoning Appeals; Round Oak Baptist Church. Issues: Fiscal responsibility, continued sense of small-town community among residents and businesses and creating community and cultural events.
Age: 63. Family: Single, five children. Occupation: Board of transportation leaderman at Fort A.P. Hill. Background: Planning Commission, 12 years; 24 years in the military; Reedy Church Ruritan Club; VFW-American Legion. Issues: Revitalize Bowling Green corridor to attract new businesses; extend water and sewer lines toward Fort A.P. Hill boundary; get more people involved in town matters.
ROBERT ‘BOBBY’ KETTERMAN
Age: 63. Family: Wife, Shirley, two grown children, two grandchildren. Occupation: Operated Ketterman’s Service Station for 30 years. Now a sheriff’s deputy in court services. Background: Six years in Army Reserve; former president of Madison Ruritan Club; 30-year member and current president, Bowling Green Volunteer Rescue Squad; Town Council for 14 years; member, Bowling Green Baptist; various other county and town committees. Issues: Keep tax rates and utility bills as low as possible; bring new businesses to town; provide water and sewer service along U.S. 301 north corridor without increased costs to residents.
Age: 39. Family: Wife, Mary. Occupation: Mortgage banker. Background: Served as president and on board, Rappahannock Area Big Brother/Big Sister program; attended North Caroline State University and Colorado State University, member, Bowling Green Baptist Church. Key issues: Revitalize downtown business area; make the town more attractive to younger families and retail businesses.
Age: 29. Family: Wife, Megan; two daughters. Occupation: Geographic information systems technician at Worldview Solutions. Background: 2003 graduate, Hampden-Sydney College; post-graduate certificate in geographic information systems, VCU. Key issues: Protecting town from suburban sprawl through careful and deliberate planning; expanding town business office hours to meet needs of those who work during the day and have office accept major credit cards: cut unnecessary town expenditures, such as car decals, and redirecting funds to improvement projects.
Age: 64. Family: Wife, Kathy; two adult daughters. Occupation: Retired from concrete manufacturing company in Bowling Green after 33 years. Background: Experience in business management; Bowling Green Ruritan Club. Key issues: Preserve history of town; revitalize business district; better education, more jobs for young people.
WILLIAM ‘BILL’ THORNTON
Age: 67. Family: Single; two adult children; four grandchildren. Occupation: Retired human-resources professional. Background: Board of directors, Caroline’s Promise; degree in business and accounting; member of Salem Baptist Church. Key issues: Effective growth without losing small-town atmosphere; surviving and thriving in tough times and great times; working effectively with Fort A.P. Hill to provide a safe atmosphere for town while providing excellent training for our troops.