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And The Race Is On…

I just spoke to Stafford County Registrar Sharon Persinger to find out who has filed with their respective chair people to run in the June 9 primary. These are technically “unofficial,” as candidates have only had to file with their parties – chairs will confirm with the registrar by this Friday.

The four districts up for election are: Falmouth, Hartwood, Aquia and Garrisonville.

To be clear, this filing deadline was (is) for party candidates only. Party primaries will be held June 9. Independent candidates have until June 9 to file for the November 3 general election.

These are the candidates who have filed with party chairs -


Doug J. Filler (D)

Susan Stimpson (R)


Tim Dwight (R)

Gary Snellings (R)


Paul Milde (R)


Mark Dudenhefer (R)

From the looks of this, there will really be only one contested primary race: Hartwood. Of all these candidates, Stimpson may be the most interesting—she is the current chairman of the Stafford County Republican Committee and will run for a seat currently held by a Democrat. That would be Board of Supervisors Chairman George Schwartz, who already declared he will not seek a second term.