Update 6/9/11: Reporter Megan Williams with the Staunton News Leader has a good article about Coleman and Sorrells stepping down, and writes, "... running for the Wayne district seat is former county GOP Party chairman, Kurt Michael. Michael, president of the Emerald Hills Home Owners Association, has pushed the county to boost the number of paid firefighters at Yancey. A teacher at the Shenandoah Valley Governor's School, Michael is a teacher sponsor for Fellowship of Christian Athletes."
It's official and my prediction was true: Supervisor Wendell Coleman (Wayne District) will not seek re-election to the Augusta County Board of Supervisors. That leaves two candidates so far ... Dr. Kurt Michael, a teacher with the Shenandoah Valley Governors School in Fishersville, and Jeff Moore, school board member who works for a local trucking company.
Supervisor Nancy Sorrells (Riverheads) also announced she will not seek a third term on the board. That leaves the door open for school board member Chad Shomo who is the only school board member who has not announced his intentions. No one else has announced yet for Riverheads.
Supervisor Tracy Pyles (Pastures) has announced he's running for re-election. Supervisors Larry Howdyshell (North River) and Gerald Garber (Middle River) have announced they are not running for re-election. So far candidates for those districts are Dr. Marshall Pattie and Steve Morris (North River), and Larry Wills (Middle River).
Only supervisors David Beyeler (South River) and Jeremy Shifflett (Beverley Manor) have not announced their intentions. Candidate David Karaffa has announced for Beverley Manor).
Predictions: Beyeler and Shifflett will both announce they are seeking re-election. No one has come forward to challenge Beyeler; Shifflett may face up to two challengers.
After the 2009 real estate assessment issue caused negative reaction from the public who felt they were not listened to by the board, and after the fire issue from the past year in which Wayne District was disappointingly left needing in fire and emergency coverage, there's a definite shake-up on this board.
Supervisor Tracy Pyles, who has sometimes found himself the conscience of the board and often at the short end of a 6-1 vote, hopes to bring about a positive change, lining up with candidates Pattie, Karaffa, and Michael to bring a positive vision for Augusta County. They have announced the first of a series of townhall meetings to be held Wednesday, June 15, at 7:00 pm at the Government Center.