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Parties to select Garrisonville nominees tonight

Stafford’s Democrats and Republicans will meet tonight in separate caucuses to choose who will run to be the Garrisonville Supervisor in the April 3 special election.

Two men are vying for the Republican nomination: Ty Schieber and Frank McKinney. The Republican Committee has moved its mass meeting to a larger location because organizers now think more people will turn out than originally expected. Schieber was appointed as the interim supervisor earlier this month; he resigned from his seat on the school board to assume the role. McKinney was endorsed by Supervisor Paul Milde this weekend on Twitter. (Fun fact: This was Milde’s first tweet since June.)

The only person up for the Democratic nomination is John “Jac” Starkey, 60, a retired Air Force colonel. The Democratic committee had a Saturday deadline for anyone interested in getting the party nomination, said chairwoman Alane Callander. Previously, it seemed like former Garrisonville supervisor Gary Pash had intended to run, but Callander said that Pash had ultimately decided not to.

The Garrisonville Supervisor seat was vacated at the beginning of January when now-Delegate Mark Dudenhefer resigned to assume his new role in Richmond. The board set the special election for April 3. The term expires December 2013.

Here are the details on the two events tonight:

  • Stafford County Republican Committee: 7:30 p.m., Hampton Oaks Elementary School, 107 Northampton Blvd.
  • Stafford County Democratic Committee: 7:30 p.m., county administration building, ABC Conference Room