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Howard reclaims King George supervisor seat

Jim Howard ousted incumbent Supervisor John LoBuglio in the race for James Monroe District on the King George Board of Supervisors.

In winning, Howard reclaimed the seat he held from 1976–78 and 2000–09.

In the Shiloh District, incumbent Cedell Brooks Jr. defeated Shawn Lawrence, holding onto the seat he’s had since 1991.

The four-way race in the James Monroe District pitted LoBuglio, a program analyst, against his opponent of four years ago, Howard, a Board of Supervisors veteran and 43-year King George resident. The other two candidates were newcomers Jeff Bueche, a first-class petty officer in the Coast Guard, and Rich Lorey, a retired research scientist at the Navy Base at Dahlgren.

Howard defeated the second-place opponent, Bueche, by more than 250 votes.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the board and doing what I can for King George,” Howard said.

Howard plans to focus on promoting financial stability in spite of hard economic times, commercial and industrial development and providing resources for fire and rescue services.

In the Shiloh District, Brooks won by 135 votes, defeating Lawrence, a retired community action specialist for the disAbility Resource Center who moved to King George County last year.

Cathy Binder dropped out of the race in September, but the ballots had already been printed with her name on them. She won 166 votes.

“Once again the people have spoken,” Brooks said.

“I think I’ve done a good job in the past at the polls today, the people have shown they appreciate the work I’ve done over all these years if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

Brooks, a lifelong King George resident, has been a member of the Board of Supervisors longer than any other member and owns and manages Cedell Brooks Funeral Home Inc.

He plans to focus on the quality of education, public safety and social services during his next term. He also hopes to see the Ralph Bunche School restored to include a county museum and the creation of a plan to make up for the revenue from the landfill when it closes.

There were no candidates for the James Monroe District school board seat on the ballot. The State Electoral Board will certify who won the write-in election today.

King George polling places reported a good turnout for the election this year.

“It’s my civic duty,” Joann Lamkin said while voting at King George Middle School.

“The big issue I see right now is we’ve got to get a handle on this continued spending,” said Ward Weberg. “We have the same sort of problem locally from the perspective of our countywide budget.”

For another King George resident, voting is about a responsibility she feels to her child.

“I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t vote until the last [election],” said Wendy Tyndall. “Now that I have a child, you tend to think about things differently. So, when I was younger and I wasn’t a parent, I took it for granted, but now that I have a child, I pay more attention.”

Bridget Balch: 540/374-5444

bbalch@freelancestar.com

 

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