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Robert Belman running for Stafford Board of Supervisors

Former School Board member Robert Belman intends to run for the Stafford County Board of Supervisors this fall.

Belman, 56, announced his independent candidacy for the Falmouth District via email Friday morning. He’s the first to vie for a seat in this fall’s local elections.

Four districts for both the Board of Supervisors and the School Board will be on the ballot: Falmouth, Aquia, Hartwood and Garrisonville.

Belman, the son of a former supervisor, served on the School Board for two terms. He decided not to run in 2009 after the eight-year stint.

He said he’s been encouraged to run by many people—including independents and members of both major parties.

“I welcome support from all, and believe I can best serve as an independent,” Belman said.

He said he wants to ensure that all residents have a voice in their local government, and pledges to work toward making Stafford a great place to live.

“There are many issues now, and likely many more to come up in the future,” Belman wrote. “I intend to keep an open mind, use some common sense and work for the best interests of Stafford and its residents.”

Susan Stimpson currently holds the Falmouth seat. She’s running for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, and hasn’t yet said whether she’ll run for re-election for the local seat.

More election announcements will be coming soon.

Hopefuls for the Board of Supervisors must file their paperwork with the two parties next week, and the Electoral Board will certify those the first Friday in April.

Independents have until June 11 to file paperwork with the Registrar’s Office; that’s the day of party primaries. This year’s election will be on Nov. 5.

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975