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Montross man maintaining Purple Martin Retreat

Montross man maintaining Purple Martin Retreat

On Father’s Day, George Henry Oliff of Montross spent time with his family. He had dinner with...

Greater Montross revitalization group seeking input from area residents

The Greater Montross Partnership for Revitalization wants ideas for spiffing up and encouraging grea...

First Friday evening events return for 2015

First Friday evening events return for 2015

First Fridays and First Saturdays are back in Montross. The joyful weekend activities will continue ...

Dam breach threatens historic Chandler’s Millpond in Montross

Dam breach threatens historic Chandler’s Millpond in Montross

Picturesque Chandler’s Millpond, a 300-year-old lake on Route 3 west of Montross, has been clo...

No new county taxes for Beach residents in Westmoreland budget

Supervisor Larry Roberson recently presented highlights of the Westmoreland County budget for the re...

Young boy saves grandmother

Young boy saves grandmother

At first glance Marquis Smith is a typical nine-year-old boy in fourth grade, even to his grandmothe...

 

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W’md gears up for election season

2011 is a local election year in Westmoreland County. Terms end on Dec. 31 for all elected county positions except Circuit Court Clerk.
Aug. 26 is the deadline for local political parties to certify their candidates. Independent candidates must meet an Aug. 23 deadline in order to participate in the Nov. 8 election.

On July 5 some individuals had filed their intentions in the office of the Westmoreland Registrar. Sheriff C. O. Balderson, Commissioner of Revenue Carol Gawen, Treasurer Elizabeth Nash hope to serve in their elected positions for an additional four years.

Westmoreland native Julia Sichol will seek election to the office of Commonwealth’s Attorney and appointed Supervisor Dorothy Tate will ask District 3 to allow her to continue her District 3 duties as an elected member of that board. Charles “Chip” Jones seeks election as the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District representative and Nicholas Smith hopes to receive the Democratic Party’s nomination as a candidate for the House of Delegates seat Albert Pollard will vacate on Dec. 31.


The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the General Assembly’s redistricting plan and the 99th District House of Delegates district is essentially unchanged. 99th District Republicans have scheduled an Aug. 23 primary election to select that party’s House of Delegates candidate.

The county’s four elected members of the Board of Supervisors are at this time expected to participate as reelection candidates. Earlier this year Paul Mountjoy made it known that he contemplated a run against incumbent District 1 Supervisor Darryl Fisher. Past District 2 Supervisor Felix Redmond and School Board member Rosemary Mahan have stated their intentions to challenge District 2 Supervisor Russ Culver.

The Westmoreland School Board consists of representatives from each of the county’s four unincorporated voting districts. District 5 has no representation on the county’s School Board because it is situated inside Colonial Beach’s incorporated limits and maintains a school division of its own. Mahan was elected four years ago to the county’s at-large School Board position. Other county School Board incumbents have not made their November 2011 intentions known.

New on Nov. 8 will be two voting machines the Westmoreland supervisors directed Registrar Kris Kicks to purchase at a cost of $11,528 for back-up purposes.

“With two big elections as well as numerous primaries over the next one and a half years, it would bode well for us to be prepared with supplemental accessible equipment,” Hicks told the board. Voting machines currently in use were introduced to local voters in November 2004.

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