2015: A ‘big’ local election year

More than a dozen government posts in Rappahannock County — from sheriff to supervisors, school board members and soil conservation directors — are up for grabs this fall.

Although “up for grabs” doesn’t precisely characterize most local elections over the last six years — during which only a handful of positions were contested, and few turned out to be what anyone would describe as a close race — on Nov. 3, the county’s more than 5,000 registered voters will have a chance to choose:

Three members of the board of supervisors: Wakefield district’s Roger Welch, the supervisors’ chair, Jackson district representative Ron Frazier and Hampton district’s Bryant Lee are up for reelection. Welch and Frazier have said they’re running; Lee hinted the other day that he would also run but that it was too early to announce.

Three school board members: Seats held by Chris Ubben in Wakefield, John Lesinski in Hampton and Amy Hitt in Jackson district are open. Hitt and Lesinski said this week it was too early to discuss their plans; Ubben said he plans to run again.

Five constitutional officers: Circuit Court Clerk Peggy Ralph, Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff, Commissioner of Revenue Beverly Atkins, Treasurer Debbie Knick and Sheriff Connie C. Smith have all said they plan to run for reelection in November. Smith is, so far, the only one of the county’s elected constitutional officers with an announced opponent, Culpeper Police Sgt. Anthony E. “Andy” Berry, a 40-year-old Sperryville resident who ran unsuccessfully against Smith in 2011.

Two soil and water directors: There are also two seats open on the Culpeper District’s Soil and Water Conservation board, seats currently held by Monira Rifaat of Sperryville and Evelyn Kerr of Castleton.

Interested candidates can pick up required forms — including petitions signed by registered voters — at the Registrar’s office (262A Gay St., off the alley between the courthouse and the revenue commissioner’s offices) from 8 to 4 Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. The completed forms are due June 9. For more information online, visit elections.virginia.gov (click on Candidate/PAC Info).

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Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.