The pending vacancy of Rappahannock County’s commissioner of the revenue post — a position filled for the last 30 years by Beverly Atkins, who’s retiring — has now attracted three candidates.
Along with Sharon Dodson, the 57-year-old deputy revenue commissioner under Atkins for the last 17 years, 48-year-old Marlina Lee of Castleton, another Rappahannock native who’s been the county building office manager for the past 23 years, announced her intentions to seek the post late last week, as did Christa Weeks, 43, a resident of the town of Washington with a background in business and restaurant management.
Lee said she’s always had an appreciation and understanding of the revenue commissioner’s office, “and I’ve said that if Beverly ever retired, I would run. So she announced her retirement, and I decided to go for it.”
Weeks, an attentive and outspoken participant in town meetings over the last few years, said her youngest daughter starts school in the fall (she and husband Clinton Weeks have two daughters, ages 8 and 4). She has worked part-time in several local eateries over the past few years, and says her business experience “has allowed me the opportunity to meet and work with people of many different backgrounds . . . and develop skills that given the chance I would use to serve the people of this county.”
The other three-way race in the Nov. 3 general election is for the Hampton district seat on the county board of supervisors is also the result of the retirement of a long-time officeholder, in this instance Bryant Lee: School board chair John Lesinski, 58, whom Lee endorsed when he announced his plans to retire from the board, is running against Harris Hollow resident (and county sewer and water authority member) Keir Whitson, 45, and 57-year-old real estate agent, farmer and Rappahannock native Jay Miller.
Miller was seen dropping off his signed candidate petitions last Friday — and other candidates have until next Tuesday (June 9) to return petitions with the signatures of 125 registered voters in their district (or any county district for countywide posts) to the registrar of voters office. Registrar Kimberly McKiernan, who said her office has to confirm each signature before a name is placed on the ballot, said the office remains open June 9 until 7 p.m.
On the most recent check, those whose petitions had been certified by the registrar included Sheriff Connie C. Smith and her challenger (for the second time in as many elections), Culpeper police sergeant Anthony E. “Andy” Berry of Sperryville; and so-far-unopposed incumbents Peggy Ralph, the circuit court clerk; county treasurer Debbie Knick; Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District representative Monira Rifaat; and Wakefield district supervisor Roger Welch, the board’s current chair and its second-longest-serving member (since 1998).
In the Jackson district, where school board member Amy Hitt has decided to challenge the supervisors’ longest-serving member, Ron Frazier, former school board member Wes Mills has said he’s running for Hitt’s vacant seat. In Hampton district, there is still no announced candidate for the seat Lesinski will give up on Dec. 31.
Commonwealth Attorney Art Goff has said he plans to run again, and is also unopposed, as is Wakefield district school board member Chris Ubben, who has also said he’ll seek a second term.