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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.