Katie Thisdell reports on news from Stafford County. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540/735-1975.
Quick Election Update
We will have more complete articles in The Free Lance-Star in the coming weeks and months, but for now, here’s a quick look at the local Stafford election situation.
As a general rule of thumb, all Republican incumbents will be running. The exception is the Commonwealth’s Attorney race, where incumbent Dan Chichester is retiring. Only two candidates have filed to fill the seat, and both are republicans. Eric Olsen and Jason Pelt will face off in a primary election on August 23.
Democrat Supervisor Harry Crisp has announced that he will not run for reelection in the George Washington District, and Democrat Bob Woodson has not yet said whether he will try to keep his supervisor seat in Griffis-Widewater.
Independent candidates have until 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 to file to run in the election.
All of this hinges on the county’s redistricting plan getting approved by the Department of Justice, which is supposed to happen by July 5. Primary ballots for the primary election(s) on Aug. 23 need to be sent to voters by July 8, according to Stafford Registrar Sharon Persinger.
Here are the names on the ballot for each race so far:
Sheriff: Charles Jett (R)
Commonwealth’s Attorney: Eric Olsen (R) or Jason Pelt (R)
Treasurer: Laura Rudy (R)
Commissioner of the Revenue: Scott Mayausky (R)
Rock Hill Supervisor: Cord Sterling (R)
George Washington Supervisor: Bob Thomas (R)