Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Spotsylvania Republican Commmittee Has New Chairman
Steve Thomas narrowly defeated Scott Mellott last night at the GOP mass meeting.
Thomas, who is chairman of the county’s Economic Development Authority, also defeated Claude Dunn.
Mr. Thomas has a tough job ahead of him.
Other than Jerry Logan, who ran unopposed, a Republican has not won a seat on the Spotsylvania BOS since Logan won a special election in 2006. He defeated Pat Hannifin.
Chris Yakabouski won as a Republican in 2003. He tried to run again this past election and lost to Benjamin Pitts, whom he beat in 2003. Yakabouski is the last of the “Rs” to win a contested election for the BOS.
Has the “R” become a curse for candidates running for the BOS?
Vince Onorato beat Mary Lee Carter in 2003, but he ran as an independent. During his first and only term he switched to the Republican Party and then lost in a landslide to Supervisor Gary Skinner in 2007.
What is interesting about Spotsylvania County politics is Democrats don’t run as Democrats. In fact, most run as Independents.
Republicans, however, put the “R” next to their name in local elections. Being that this county is largely a RED county, it becomes even more of a big question mark when they lose local elections.
Mr. Thomas was sent 6 questions today and I will post his answers when he completes the questionnaire.
Have a good weekend!