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Republicans nominate Ty Schieber

The race is on for who will be the next Garrisonville Supervisor.

Political newcomer John “Jac” Starkey will take on board-appointed interim supervisor Ty Schieber.

Monday night, both the Stafford County Republicans and Democrats selected their nominees to be on the ballot for the special election on April 3.

After a four day campaign period between Schieber and another man new to public office, Frank McKinney, Republican voters in the North Stafford district chose Schieber. He received 211 votes at the mass meeting held at Hampton Oaks Elementary School; McKinney received 64.

Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors selected Schieber to fill the seat after Del. Mark Dudenhefer resigned to fill his new elected position. The term ends at the end of 2013. Schieber, who was endorsed by Dudenhefer, has been a school board member for two years.

Last week, Aquia Supervisor Paul Milde nominated and endorsed McKinney to run for the nomination. McKinney described himself as a Constitutional conservative focused on limited government and business friendly practices.

The county’s Democratic Committee also held a caucus. Starkey was affirmed as the party’s nominee. He is a retired Air Force colonel who has lived in Austin Ridge since 1999.

He was motivated to run for office in response to the county’a actions after a slope failure pulled down the land between two homes in his subdivision.

Check back for more details on both candidates. A full story will be Wednesday’s paper.