Culpeper Government News
Jeanine M. Lawson isn't waiting for the third time. She's hoping the second time's the charm. Lawson, who challenged Prince William County Supervisor Wally Covington three years ago, again seeks the Brentsville District seat. The details are different this time, though. Lawson, a 44-year-old community activist, lost the GOP nomination to Covington by 157 votes in an August 2011 primary. This year, however, she seeks the Republican nod to replace Covington, who is expected to be named a General District court judge. She faces real-estate broker Scott A. Jacobs, who also wants to run for the Brentsville slot with the party label. The winner most likely will square off with Democrat Donald B. Shaw II of Gainesville in a special election. Problem is, it's unclear when that contest will be held.
Western Prince William Del. David Ramadan (R-87th) was recently selected as the 2014 Legislator of the Year by the Virginia Council of Chapters, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Ramadan represents parts of Loudoun as well as the northernmost part of Prince William and the Haymarket area.
Donald B. Shaw II may have gone to high school with Ashley Judd back in Kentucky, but he's aiming for a longer political run than the starlet had last year. Judd flirted with the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, but then decided not to make a run against Republican Mitch McConnell. Shaw, on the other hand, is running – for the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. He's a Democrat, too. But he's not sure who he'll face.
Three of the four towns in Prince William County can expect a big change this summer as new members are set to join town councils in Dumfries, Haymarket and Occoquan following the results of the May 6 elections. Only Dumfries remained the same as all of the incumbents on the ballot swept the election.
The Virginia State Police has issued a senior alert on behalf of the Prince William County Police Department on May 17, 2014 at 1900 hours. The Prince William County Police Department is looking for Asmait Ekubay Race: Black Sex:Female Age 78 Years Old, Height 5’0” , Weight 115 Lbs Black eyes and gray hair
A public hearing regarding utility easements at Rollins Ford Park is set for June 3, not May 20 as originally published. The Prince William Board of County Supervisors has planned a public hearing for June 3 to consider the Contract of Sale to Convey Utility Easement – Rollins Ford Park. The 'Times' erroneously published a public hearing notice stating the meeting would be May 20. The meeting will actually be held on June 3. The public notices and advertising for the public hearing have been changed and the supporting documents will be made available to the public for the June 3 meeting. The “Times” regrets the error.
Quantico Mayor Kevin Brown, Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman and Haymarket Mayor David Leake all defeated their opponents by wide margins while Occoquan vice mayor Liz Quist won her race for mayor running unopposed. Meanwhile, three incumbent council members lost re-election runs across the county while the rest of the incumbents running won their council races, along with several challengers.
Voter turnout was low again on Tuesday but those who did come out elected a new mayor.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors adopted the budget and tax rate for the coming year on April 29. In adopting the budget the board agreed to a tax rate of $1.148 per $100 of assessed value. The new tax rate means that next year, the average real estate tax bill will be $3,788. That's a little more than the estimate for the current year: $3,601. The headline projects in the $990 million budget are two new libraries in Gainesville and Montclair. The libraries had been approved by voters in the 2006 bond referendum and architectural plans had been unveiled last year with an opening date in September 2015.
In less than one week, registered voters living within of the four towns within Prince William County are due to cast ballots for mayoral and council candidates. Election Day for local offices in Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan and Quantico is next Tuesday, May 6. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.