Harris Hollow resident and Rappahannock County Water and Sewer Authority vice-chairman Keir Whitson announced this week that he’ll seek the Hampton District seat on the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors.
The seat’s been held for the past 16 years by farmer and orchard owner Bryant Lee, who decided in February not to run again. School board chair John Lesinski and realtor and farmer Jay Miller are also running for the Hampton seat.
“I have learned through my work on the county’s water and sewer authority that an ability and willingness to listen, good will, and thoughtful, well-informed, decisive leadership go a long way in this community,” Whitson said this week. “I am excited to do my own small part to protect and strengthen this beautiful county we all love.”
Whitson resides in Harris Hollow with his wife, Susan, his son Dryden, 5, and his 3-year-old daughter Lucy. Born and raised near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Whitson earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from a small Methodist college in Anchorage, Alaska, and a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. He says he first came to Rappahannock County in the late 1990s through his love for native brook trout fishing in Shenandoah National Park, which led him and his wife to purchase their home in Harris Hollow in 2003.