Wash­ing­ton res­i­dents file for mayor, coun­cil; three po­ten­tial sites for new town post of­fice

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - By John Mc­caSlin and Luke Christo­pher Rap­pa­han­nock News staff

Nine res­i­dents of the town of Wash­ing­ton have filed pa­pers to be­come can­di­dates for the of­fices of mayor, trea­surer, and town coun­cil, where five seats are up for grabs.

Mean­while, the Town Coun­cil re­ceived an up­date from Mayor John Fox Sul­li­van on a pos­si­ble fu­ture lo­ca­tion for the town’s post of­fice.

Fred­eric “Fred” Catlin, a cur­rent coun­cil mem­ber, is the lone can­di­date for the of­fice of mayor and will run un­op­posed in the Novem­ber 6 elec­tion. Sim­i­larly, Gail Swift has no op­po­si­tion to be­come trea­surer.

For town coun­cil, seven can­di­dates have filed for the five seats: Jerry Goebel (cur­rent trea­surer), Henry “Hank” Gor­fein, Mary Ann Kuhn (cur­rent vice mayor), Katharine Leggett (cur­rent coun­cil), Pa­trick O’Con­nell (cur­rent coun­cil), Brad Sch­nei­der (cur­rent coun­cil) and Joe Whited.

Mayor Sul­li­van, hav­ing an­nounced last month he won’t seek a third term, is pleased with the im­pres­sive field of hope­fuls: “I’m de­lighted and I’m ex­cited. It shows there’s a lot of in­ter­est in serv­ing the town’s gov­ern­ment, and shows how much en­ergy and in­ter­est they each have in the town it­self and its fu­ture for the peo­ple who live here.

“And it’s a good slate,” Sul­li­van added. “No mat­ter who wins it will make for a strong gov­ern­ment.”

Rap­pa­han­nock County Regis­trar of Vot­ers Kim­berly McKier­nan, mean­while, said the town hav­ing moved its elec­tion day from May to Novem­ber will be a win-win for ev­ery­body.

“For the can­di­dates there is a bet­ter turnout in Novem­ber, and it’s bet­ter for the town be­cause [hold­ing its elec­tion] sep­a­rately was costly,” McKier­nan said yes­ter­day. It was the regis­trar who first pointed out that the town’s 2014 elec­tion had cost tax­pay­ers $3,420.78 for 30 vot­ers, or $114 per voter. As a re­sult, the town coun­cil agreed to change the elec­tion date.

The switch also cuts down on the work­load in McKier­nan’s Gay Street of­fice, which has two em­ploy­ees, given the June pri­maries closely fol­lowed the May elec­tions.

Speak­ing of which, 499 Rap­pa­han­nock County vot­ers went to the Repub­li­can pri­mary polls on Tues­day, as vot­ers across the state se­lected Corey Ste­wart, the Prince Wil­liam County board chair, as the nom­i­nee to chal­lenge Demo­cratic Sen. Tim Kaine in Novem­ber.

Unof­fi­cially, Rap­pa­han­nock vot­ers handed 227 votes (45 per­cent) to Vir­ginia Del. Nick Fre­itas, 199 votes (40 per­cent) to Ste­wart, and 73 votes (15 per­cent) to E.W. Jack­son.

As for a new town post of­fice site, Mayor Sul­li­van said there are three pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions: “One be­ing here in town in [re­tir­ing] Dr. Martin's of­fice build­ing, the sec­ond be­ing on land that Jim­mie DeBergh owns ad­ja­cent to the [Union] bank, where Mr. DeBergh would build a fa­cil­ity for them, and the third was on prop­erty that Jay Miller [owns], on 211.”

U.S. Postal Ser­vice real es­tate spe­cial­ist Richard Han­cock ver­i­fied those pos­si­bil­i­ties Tues­day: “The Mayor is cor­rect. No de­ci­sion has been made. We are still an­a­lyz­ing the op­tions. There is no time­line for a de­ci­sion yet.”

“We’d like to keep it in the town for the ob­vi­ous rea­sons and Han­cock is fully aware of that,” said Sul­li­van.

Visit rapp­news.com/video, or the news­pa­per’s YouTube chan­nel at youtube.com/ Rap­pNewsPlus,to view unedited video of the coun­cil’s June 11 ses­sion.

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