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CAMPAIGN 2013: Write-in candidates running campaigns in two counties

In Culpeper and King George counties, some candidates’ names aren’t on the Nov. 5 ballot, meaning voters will have to write in their choice.

That’s led to one of the most unusual political races in recent Culpeper County history. No name appears on the official ballot for the Jefferson District School Board seat, but four people—including incumbent Leanne Malulani—are seeking the seat as write-in candidates.

Malulani failed to file as an official candidate, but did file her qualifications as a write-in candidate in mid-October.

Three other residents—Michelle North, Amy Brubaker and Joshua Pollack—are also committed as write-in candidates, according to Michele White, Culpeper voter registrar.

North said she got into the race when it seemed that no one else was interested.

“The incumbent [Malulani] announced she would not be running in the November election ,” North said. “In the absence of any School Board candidate, I was asked, by several business and government leaders, to consider running for the office.”

She added that she considered the matter for several weeks before declaring as a write-in candidate.

Malulani did not respond when asked why she did not file in time for a ballot spot, but later opted to be a write-in candidate.

Brubaker and Pollack also declared as write-ins after Mulalani failed to file at the August deadline.

North, 60, is an Alexandria native—her family is originally from Culpeper—who is now the director of physician recruitment at Culpeper Regional Hospital.

She has served on numerous boards and commissions in Culpeper and Fauquier counties. Her husband, Gregg, works at Sigma Aldrich in Rockville, Md.

Brubaker, 41, was born in Fairfax and has lived in Culpeper for nine years. She is an emergency nurse who is now the clinical manager at Medi Home Health and Hospice. Her husband is a Prince William County firefighter.

Pollack did not respond to a Free Lance–Star candidate questionnaire.

In King George, incumbent Rick A. Randall is running for the James Monroe District School Board seat as an unopposed write-in candidate.

In 2009, when he first ran for the seat, Randall opted to have his name on the ballot. Efforts to reach Randall for comment about the situation this time were unsuccessful.

Mike Rose, former School Board chairman and incumbent for the Shiloh District seat, will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot. However, he won as a write-in in 2009 for the Shiloh seat.

He told The Free Lance–Star in 2009, that he didn’t meet the deadline to be on the ballot because he thought Sherrie Allwine, who had held the seat since 1999, was seeking another term.

At the time, King George registrar Lori Gump said it was the first time in recent memory that nobody has been on the ballot for an elected office in King George.

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