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Of the four positions up for local election in King George on Nov. 3, there is only one that is contested.
That is the three-way race for the James Monroe seat on the King George Board of Supervisors.
The seat is currently held by Jim Howard. Challengers are John LoBuglio and William “Billy” McCoy, Jr.
JAMES B. “JIM” HOWARD
James B. ‘’Jim’’ Howard has a long history of public service. He was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1999 and is seeking a fourth consecutive term.
In addition to a previous stint on the Board of Supervisors in the mid-1970s, Howard also served an appointed term on the King George School Board from 1987-1991, including as chairman.
Howard, 66, has lived in King George for nearly 40 years. He grew up in neighboring Culpeper and moved to the county in 1970. He and his wife, Shelia, have two grown children, a son and a daughter, and three grandchildren.
Howard talked to The Journal about what he thinks are the most important issues facing the county at this time.
“We need to continue to work our way out of this recession by maintaining our strong economic foundation and funding only essential items,” he said. “We also need to continue the path of maintaining financial stability, the rural character of the county, along with critical infrastructure.”
Howard added, “I also think it’s important that we focus on more commercial jobs to the county and continue to diversify the tax base.”
Howard represents the Board of Supervisors on several regional boards, including as a Region 7 Director of the Virginia Association of Counties, on the George Washington Regional Commission (formerly called RADCO), the Rappahannock Economic Development Corporation and as the county’s non-voting member of the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Howard points to numerous accomplishments made by the county during his tenure as a member of the board. They include the construction and opening of Sealston Elementary and the new King George High School, bringing the King George Family YMCA to the county, planning for a county Government Center, with a new Sheriff’s Office and Animal Shelter under construction,
Phase I of Sealston Sports Complex has been completed, the Wireless Authority established, the County’s AA Bond rating achieved, expansion/renovation of the Route 3 Fire & EMS building completed, and FRED bus service initiated in King George.
Howard earned a Bachelors degree from Lynchburg College in business in 1965. He has also taken post-graduate courses in public administration from Virginia Tech and the University of Oklahoma.
Howard was a long-time civilian employee at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren and is now employed as a senior program analyst at Bowhead Support Services.
He has always been active in the community and has participated as a member of the Dahlgren Lions Club, the King George Ruritans, King George Little League, King George Chamber of Commerce, King George Builders Association, King George Animal Rescue League, the Quarterback Club, announcer for King George High School football and basketball games, and the Rappahannock Soccer Referees Association, with whom he was a long-time referee for youth and adult soccer.
JOHN P. LOBUGLIO
John P. LoBuglio, 57, is a bachelor who retired in July from the federal government after 31 years to campaign fulltime. He had spent the last 25 years on the staff of the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Program.
“I could not work full time and run for office at the same time,” LoBuglio told The Journal. “It was a drastic choice to give up my day job.
“I made the choice because that is where I feel I accomplish the most and serve my community at the same time.”
LoBuglio said: “I specifically have over 23 years as a senior business financial manager with experience in understanding, developing and executing government budgets in a cost effective and efficient manor. I believe my skills and experience afford me with a great opportunity to serve and benefit my community in the capacity as a member of the County Board of Supervisors.”
LoBuglio earned an associate’s degree in 1973 in business administration from Erie Community College in Williamsville, N.Y., and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1975 from the State University College of New York at Fredonia, N.Y.
He purchased property in the county in 1996 and moved here from Northern Virginia after his house was completed in early 1999.
“I lived in Northern Virginia for over 20 years and watched first-hand how quickly sprawl can take control over a community’s character and change it forever,” LoBuglio said. “That is why it is so important that local leadership recognize the various factors to keep pace and properly steer and control growth to protect community values and character. I love King George for its rural and neighborly atmosphere. I hope with my experience to help guide growth and development to ensure that character continues for future generations to enjoy.”
He added: “I am a conservative and do not believe it is necessary to overburden future generations with huge tax deficits. We must always keep a perspective of what immediate decisions have on commitments for long term planning and budget implications. I believe in fiscal responsibility and that we must be vigilant to restrain ourselves from imposing unnecessary tax burdens and constraints.”
LoBuglio is a member of St. Anthony of Padua Mission Parish, the Knights of Columbus, the King George Republican Committee, Friends of Caledon Natural Area State Park, King George Animal Rescue League and the Northern Virginia Gun Club.
WILLIAM “BILLY” MCCOY JR.
William “Billy” McCoy Jr., 52, was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Prince George’s County, Md.
He and his wife, Deborah, moved to King George in 1999 with three children from Caroline County, where they lived for 11 years.
McCoy’s oldest child, Megan, 19, is a college sophomore, and Will, 18, is a college freshman. Both attend Virginia Commonwealth University. Michaela, 15, is a sophomore at King George High School.
McCoy earned a Bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Maryland in 1981.
Following graduation, he went into a family business. He helped co-found and co-owns B & D Kitchens, Inc. in White Plains, Md. He has served as the company’s president since 1982.
In 2008, he started an independent rep company for Tru-Wood cabinets, which sells to businesses in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C.
“I feel having been a business owner for 27 years through its ups and downs, a parent and a member of this community, that I have a lot to offer back to it - by being a servant with an open ear, fair judgment and a determination to make things better for everyone, while obtaining our needs, and most of our wants, at the best value,” McCoy said.
McCoy said he has umpired and coached since he was 15 years old. In Caroline and now in King George, he has been involved with either Little League or county Parks & Recreation.