Three of four board of supervisors races in Franklin County will be contested, while school board hopefuls will face no competition.
Candidates were required to file their paperwork with the county registrar’s office by Tuesday to appear on the ballot in November. All but two are running as independents, according to the registrar’s office.
Blackwater District Supervisor Cline Brubaker, who was first elected to the board in 2011 and is its chairman, will face challenger Ronald Mitchell. The 34-year-old, who owns a landscaping business with his father, said Wednesday he was driven to run by a desire to create opportunity for Franklin County’s children, including his young daughter.
John Hinkell, a 27-year veteran of the Army National Guard transitioning to retirement, will seek to unseat incumbent Tommy Cundiff to represent the Union Hall District. Cundiff was first elected in 2015.
Tim Tatum, who joined the board after winning a three-way race to represent the Blue Ridge District in 2015, is seeking a second term. He will run unopposed.
Smith Mountain Lake Association President Lorie Smith is running as a Republican for the Gills Creek District seat. Patricia Bechtler, 58, is also looking to represent the district. Bechtler manages Crazy Horse Marina with her husband. A third candidate, Rick Smithers, is also vying for the seat. Efforts to reach Smithers were unsuccessful.
Incumbent supervisor Bob Camicia is not seeking reelection.
Incumbents in the office of the sheriff, commissioner of the revenue and the commonwealth’s attorney will all face challengers, while incumbent treasurer Susan Wray will run unopposed.
The 2019 election for sheriff will be a 2015 rematch. Riley Hodges, a detective with the Roanoke Police Department, will oppose Sheriff Bill Overton, who is seeking his third term. Hodges is running as a Republican.
For the first time since 2006, voters will have two choices for commissioner of the revenue: incumbent Margaret Torrence and accountant Andy Turner.
Commonwealth’s attorney A.J. Dudley, who was first elected in 2015, will face off against attorney Stephen Maddy, who represents the county school division.
None of the four school board races will be contested. P.D. Hambrick and Julie Nix will seek another term representing the Union Hall and Blue Ridge districts, respectively.
Newcomer Jon Atchue, 60, is running for the Gills Creek District seat. He moved to Smith Mountain Lake in 2016 upon his retirement. Arlet Greer, 63, is seeking the Blackwater District seat. Greer ran for the board once before, in a different district. She is the office manager at the Phoebe Needles Center.