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Filing deadline for local candidates is next Tuesday

Those seeking local office in King George in the Fall election have less than a week to qualify as candidates.
Seats coming up for election on the Board of Supervisors and the School Board are in James Monroe and Shiloh. There is also a special countywide election for Commonwealth’s Attorney, held by Keri Gusmann, who has qualified as a candidate with no opposition, currently.

SUPERVISOR SLOTS
The Supervisor seats are now held by first-termer John LoBuglio in James Monroe, and long-time member Cedell Brooks in Shiloh. Brooks has qualified as a candidate, as has Shawn Lawrence.
Incumbent LoBuglio has said he is collecting signatures, but as of our press time, has not yet handed in enough to qualify as a candidate.
Two candidates have qualified so far, to run for the James Monroe seat. They are Jim Howard, who formerly held the office, and Rich Lorey, who was nominated by the King George Republican Party, and so did not have to obtain 125 signatures, as those must who run as Independents. The terms are for four years and are part-time.

SCHOOL BOARD
There are also two seats on the School Board coming up for election.  The James Monroe School Board seat is held by Rick Randall, and the Shiloh School Board position is held by Mike Rose. Both are finishing up their first terms, and both have said they intend to run, but no one has yet qualified as a candidate for either position.   
Those terms are likewise for four years and are part-time.  

FILING REQUIREMENTS
There are others who also say they intend to run for one of the local offices, but have not yet qualified. Those intending to run as Independents must file a couple of forms along with at least 125 signatures of qualified voters.
Independent candidates for local offices in King George must have all forms and petitions filed by 7 p.m. on June 11, with at least 125 signatures of registered voters to be certified by the Registrar.
Those seeking office should not wait until that date to file, as that is the same day that polling is taking place for a statewide primary. That means that Registrar Lorrie Gump and her staff will be busy with the election and will have little time on that day to verify signatures on petitions.
Signatures on petitions handed in by the deadline will be verified and counted.
But just because people sign a petition does not mean they are registered to vote in the presumptive candidate’s district. Failure to hand in 125 signatures that can be verified on the petitions would mean the office-seeker would not be on the ballot for the November Election.

BECOMING A CANDIDATE
If you are intending to run for local elected office, you must be a registered voter and a Virginia resident for at least a year preceding the election; a resident of the election district; a United States citizen; and, at least 18 years old at the next general election in November.  
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, located in the Revercomb Building behind the Courthouse can provide an info sheet and paperwork necessary for filing. For questions, call the King George Registrar, (540)775-9186.

STATEWIDE PRIMARY ON JUNE 11
State Sen. Ralph S. Northam, D-Norfolk, will be first on the ballot for the Democratic primary on June 11, when Democratic candidates will be decided for lieutenant governor. Aneesh Chopra, who was appointed as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States by President Barack Obama, after serving as technology chief under Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, will get the second slot on the ballot for the same position.
Those on next Tuesday’s ballot seeking the right to run in November as the Democratic candidate for Attorney General are Mark R. Herring and Justin E. Fairfax.
All registered voters are eligible to participate in next week’s primary election, since in Virginia all voters are “Independents” because no party affiliation is noted on the application.

CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR IN NOVEMBER
The top spot for statewide office will be decided in November at the ballot box with Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli squaring off for Governor of Virginia.

OTHER GOP CANDIDATES FOR NOVEMBER
The Republican candidates in the Fall election were recently decided at a GOP convention in Richmond.
Minister E.W. Jackson received his party’s nomination to run for lieutenant governor (to run with Cuccinelli), and state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, is the contender for attorney general.

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