Lee won’t seek Hampton supervisor seat

Four-term supervisor endorses Lesinski; Jay Miller, Alma Viator say they’ll join race

Longtime Hampton district representative Bryant Lee says he will not be seeking a fifth term on Rappahannock County’s board of supervisors come November.

And he says he’s endorsing school board chair John Lesinski for the position. Lesinski, 58, a realtor and retired Marine, will face some competition.

Harris Hollow resident Alma Viator said this week that she’s “seriously considering” running for the the Hampton seat — one of three posts on the county’s governing body that the county’s 5,000 registered voters will elect this Nov. 3. And a third candidate — realtor, farmer and Rappahannock native Jay Miller, 57 — said this week that Lee’s decision has prompted him to run for supervisor.

Hampton supervisor Bryant Lee, right, and school board chair John Lesinski, Lee’s choice his successor, shake hands at the courthouse last Friday. | Rappahannock News
Hampton supervisor Bryant Lee, right, and school board chair John Lesinski, Lee’s choice his successor, shake hands at the courthouse last Friday.

Lee, 52, says it’s time — after nearly 16 years as a supervisor and a dozen years before that on the county school board, joining as one of its youngest members ever — for him to focus on his family as well as his farm and orchard near Massies Corner.

“I’ve enjoyed being on the board,” Lee said. “I’ve learned a lot, and met a lot of good people in the process. I think John will be good for the board, bringing his information and experience from the school board, and he works with people, and for people, which is what I do.”

Lesinski’s decision creates at least one impending change on the school board, where only Chris Ubben, the Wakefield district representative, has said he’s going to run again. A month ago, Jackson district school board member Amy Hitt joined Lesinski in saying it was too soon to make a decision; she said this week she’ll make a decision by May 1.

Supervisor chair Roger Welch of the Wakefield district and Ron Frazier of Jackson district have said they plan to run for reelection; no challengers have yet made their intentions public.

Rappahannock’s five constitutional-officer positions are also up Nov. 3: 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.

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.

The filing deadline for November’s races is still three months away.

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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.