Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Vince Onorato is back…sort of
Former one-term Lee Hill District Supervisor Vince Onorato has filed his election paperwork to challenge Gary Skinner.
Skinner is now in a three-way race and statistics show that it is very difficult to defeat an incumbent when he has two challengers because of the vote splits. Just review the election results for Emmitt Marshall, who has had two challengers in two elections in a row, and you will see what I mean.The majority of Berkeley District residents did not vote for Mr. Marshall when you compile the votes of his two challengers. That doesn’t mean if one of those guys did not run that some of those votes could have gone to Mr. Marshall.
Onorato sent me an e-mail to announce his candidacy. He said his slogan will be "open and honest government." Onorato relayed to me that he has not spoken with Republican D.J. McGuire, who earlier announced he is challenging Skinner. Onorato was a Republican when he was on the Board of Supervisors. Well…wait…Onorato ran as an independent and then became a Republican. His decision to run as an independent this time surely means he did not want to challenge McGuire in a GOP primary. Onorato recently spoke at a board meeting during a public comment portion. You can read what he had to say here. I live blogged it