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Here’s candidate information for this fall’s election
By Phyllis Cook
If you are thinking of seeking a position in public service, it’s not too early to start gathering 125 signatures on the required petitions now.
Running for local office is not as difficult as many think.
Sure, there are a few complicated forms to fill out, but it’s not such a tough hurdle for those who wish to give back to the community with a job in public service.
There are four elected positions up for grabs in King George later this year, including two on the Board of Supervisors and two on the School Board.
o SUPERVISOR SEATS UP FOR ELECTION The terms coming up for election on the Board of Supervisors include the Shiloh seat held by Cedell Brooks, Jr., and the James Monroe position held by Jim Howard.
Both incumbents have said they are planning on seeking reelection.
The terms are for four years. Though time-consuming, the board positions are part-time. Members of the King George Board of Supervisors are paid $5,000 per year.
o SCHOOL BOARD SEATS UP FOR ELECTION For the School Board, the terms coming due include the Shiloh seat held by Sherrie Allwine and the James Monroe position held by Payne Kilbourn.
The terms are for four years. Though time-consuming, the board positions are part-time. Members of the King George School Board get $3,600 per year, with an additional $500 going to the chairperson.
o BECOMING A CANDIDATE Those seeking election for any of the local elected positions must file 125 signatures on candidate petition forms with the county registrar by 7:00 p.m. on June 9.
Petitions can be circulated at this time, with January 1 the earliest that signatures could be collected for the November 2 election.
Petitions can be circulated either by the candidate or another person who is registered, or eligible to be registered to vote in the district in which the candidate is seeking election.
When each petition sheet is completed, the person circulating the petition must affirm before a notary or other person authorized to administer oaths, that she/he personally witnessed the signatures.
Falsely taking the affidavit is a felony under Virginia law. This means that petitions can never be left unattended, for example on a counter at a store, restaurant, business, etc.
o FILE PETITIONS SHEETS EARLY & OFTEN King George Registrar Lorrie Gump is encouraging those seeking election to turn in petition pages as each one is completed, so there are no last minute disappointments.
It is often surprising to find that a number of people who sign petitions are not actually registered to vote, though many think they are.
That’s why candidates are encouraged to turn in petition pages weeks early to the Registrar, to allow ample time for each signature to be checked against the voter rolls.
Those who turn in petitions close to the June deadline date are strongly encouraged by the state Board of Elections to get half again as many signatures as required.
o REQUIREMENTS If you are interested in running for local elected office, you may do so as long as you meet certain basic requirements.
You must be a registered voter. You must also be a resident of Virginia for at least one year immediately preceding the election; a resident of the election district to be represented by the time of filing; a United States citizen; and at least 18 years old, though any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance.
The necessary forms can be downloaded free from the state Board of Elections website, or purchased from the state Board of Elections for $10.00.
The Registrar’s office can provide an info sheet for those interested in finding out more about running for office, which lists the state web address. Her office will also supply copies of blank petitions for potential candidates.