Write-in hopeful seeks Hampton school board seat
Two-term Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie C. Smith made her official announcement last week of her intention to seek a third term, and a former teacher and nurse announced her intention to seek an otherwise candidate-free seat on the school board in the Hampton district.
“Rappahannock is home,” Smith said in her announcement. “My family is here, my friends are here. I enjoy what I do and I want to keep serving the citizens of this county as I have been doing for the last 27½ years. I enjoy coming to work every day and seeing the deputies who do a good job, the children at the school, and the citizens of this county.
“Even when I am off I spend my time serving this community,” she said. “To me, being your sheriff is not a job, it’s a lifestyle. I spend my spare time in continuing to help those in need, and investing as much time as I can in the future of Rappahannock — the children. They are the future of this county we all love so much.
Smith is facing the same opponent she defeated four years ago, Culpeper police sergeant and Sperryville native Anthony “Andy” Berry Jr., who announced his intention to run again back in February.
On Nov. 3, Smith said in her announcement, “each one of you will have to make a decision — a decision based on who is the best person for the job. You have trusted me twice to be the best person for the job and there has been nothing in the last seven years to show that you made the wrong decision either time. I respectfully ask each of you to make that same decision again by affording me the opportunity to serve another term as the sheriff for the people of Rappahannock County.”
Meanwhile, Demaris Miller, a longtime former teacher and nurse, announced her intention to seek the seat that school board chair John Lesinski will give up Dec. 31. (Lesinski is running for supervisor; no candidates for his Hampton district seat on the school board met the June 7 deadline to submit signed petitions to appear on the ballot.)
There’s a letter from Miller here.
What did not appear in last week’s round-up of candidates and races on the Nov. 3 ballot was the race for the 26th District Virginia Senate seat — a contest between incumbent Republican Mark Obenshain and Democratic challenger April Moore. The race still does not appear on the Rappahannock County page of the state Department of Elections’ website (sbe.virginia.gov); Rappahannock registrar Kimberly McKiernan said the department’s Richmond office promises it will appear shortly.