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LoBuglio may challenge Howard for Supervisor seat
As winter winds down, hints of spring spur plans for the coming year, and some in King George might consider adding a possible run for local election to their calendars.
If you’re interested in seeking a position in public service, it’s time to start gathering 125 signatures on the required petitions now.
There are four elected positions up for grabs in King George later this year, including two on the Board of Supervisors and two on the School Board.
Running for local office is not as difficult as many think. Sure, there are a few complicated forms to fill out, but it’s not such a tough hurdle for those who wish to give back to the community with a job in public service.
So far, John LoBuglio is the only non-incumbent seeking signatures for his petition to consider a run for the James Monroe seat on the Board of Supervisors.
That seat is currently held by Jim Howard, who was first elected to the seat in 1999 and is seeking a 4th consecutive term as representative from the James Monroe election district.
Howard has a long history of public service and served on the School Board in the 1980s, after a previous term on the Board of Supervisors.
LoBuglio gathered signatures and introduced himself to voters during the recent Home & Craft Show.
LoBuglio told The Journal, “Many friends and neighbors have contacted me to ask that I seriously consider running and that I would serve our community well in this capacity if the voters so elect it.”
LoBuglio is a bachelor and has worked as a federal government employee in the Department of Defense and Navy for over 31 years. He is a senior business financial manager on the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Program.
LoBuglio earned an associate’s degree in 1973 in business administration from Erie Community College in Williamsville, NY and a bachelor’s in business administration in 1975 from the State University College of NY at Fredonia, NY.
He has been active and involved in activities in the King George community since 1989, prior to purchasing property in 1996 moving here from Northern Virginia in early 1999.
LoBuglio is a member of St. Anthony Mission Parish, a charter member of the Friends of Caledon Natural Area State Park, and the King George Animal Rescue League, Northern Virginia Gun Club and King George Republican Committee.
“I love the rural atmosphere that exists here and want to protect that character and guide future growth. I’ve lived through the growth and sprawl in Northern Virginia and how it can easily become out of control by so many various factors that completely change the community character over the course of just a few years,” LoBuglio said.
“Having lived there, I have a deeper appreciation of why I love this community and the need to protect what this community has to offer its citizens and generations to come. I am a conservative and try to always keep a perspective of what immediate decisions have on long range planning for future implications. I believe in fiscal responsibility and protecting future generations from unnecessary tax burdens and constraints.”
o SUPERVISOR SEATS UP FOR ELECTION In addition to the term coming up for election on the Board of Supervisors in James Monroe, the Shiloh position held by Cedell Brooks, Jr., is also up for grabs.
Both incumbents have said they are planning on seeking reelection.
The terms are for four years. Though time-consuming, the board positions are part-time. Members of the King George Board of Supervisors are paid $5,000 per year.
o SCHOOL BOARD SEATS UP FOR ELECTION For the School Board, the terms coming up mirror those in the same districts as the Supervisors.
The James Monroe School Board seat is held by Payne Kilbourn. The Shiloh School Board position is currently held by Sherrie Allwine.
Neither incumbent has publicly announced their desire to run for reelection at this time. Nor has any resident announced an intention to run for either position.
The terms are for four years. Though time-consuming, the board positions are part-time. Members of the King George School Board get $3,600 per year, with an additional $500 going to the chairperson.
o REQUIREMENTS TO RUN FOR OFFICE If you are interested in running for local elected office, you may do so as long as you meet certain basic requirements.
You must be a registered voter. You must also be a resident of Virginia for at least one year immediately preceding the election; a resident of the election district to be represented by the time of filing; a United States citizen; and at least 18 years old, though any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance.
The necessary forms can be downloaded free from the state Board of Elections website, or purchased from the state Board of Elections for $10.00.
The Registrar’s office can provide an info sheet for those interested in finding out more about running for office, which lists the state web address. Her office will also supply copies of blank petitions for potential candidates.
o BECOMING A CANDIDATE Those seeking election for any of the local elected positions must file 125 signatures on candidate petition forms with the county registrar by 7:00 p.m. on June 9.
Petitions can be circulated either by the candidate or another person who is registered, or eligible to be registered, to vote in the district in which the candidate is seeking election.
When each petition sheet is completed, the person circulating the petition must affirm before a notary or other person authorized to administer oaths, that she/he personally witnessed the signatures.
Falsely taking the affidavit is a felony under Virginia law. This means that petitions can never be left unattended, for example on a counter at a store, restaurant, business, etc.
By Phyllis Cook