A third contender is jumping into the race to represent the Cave Spring District on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
Stan Seymour, a local business owner, vowed to be an advocate for responsive and transparent decision-making in government.
“My approach would be to stand up for the little guy,” he said. “The government, both elected officials and government employees, needs to be more responsive to the citizens who put them in office.”
Seymour, 67, filed to run as an independent. He described himself as a conservative but said he won’t be beholden to any party.
This is his second bid for supervisor. He ran for the Cave Spring seat, also as an independent, in 2011. He finished third in a three-way race with 24% of the vote.
Seymour’s return to the political arena means Cave Spring voters will have a three-way race for supervisor on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Other contenders seeking the office are retired longtime county attorney Paul Mahoney, a Republican, and small business owner Brian Powell, a Democrat.
Seymour, a Chesapeake native who’s called Roanoke County home for 23 years, owns a Bojangles’ franchise with several locations around the region.
Currently, he’s involved in a legal dispute with the county over the approval of a raptor aviary planned by the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center.
In a civil lawsuit now pending, Seymour, who’s lived near the center for years, and another neighbor are challenging last fall’s approval of a permit greenlighting the aviary.
A second lawsuit contends the board of zoning appeals erred in dismissing a petition from the plaintiffs. Both cases are currently docketed for hearings in circuit court next month.
In an interview Wednesday, Seymour said he isn’t opposed to the wildlife center and this disagreement isn’t personal for him.
But he reiterated he believes errors were made in how standards were applied to the plans. The court appeals could be resolved before Election Day but, if not, Seymour said he’d recuse himself from any related county discussions if elected.
He said he had no ax to grind against the wildlife center and would not seek to reopen the matter as a supervisor.
“It’s in the court’s hands now,” he said, adding he’d accept the final decision reached there.
Seymour said his concerns about the aviary permit process speak, in part, to his belief that the government needs to be more responsive to citizens and neighborhoods.
He also said he felt the county should have given more weight to parents who preferred to see a complete reconstruction of Cave Spring High School rather than the renovation and expansion now underway.
The current building has some decades-old infrastructure that Seymour predicted will prove difficult to keep up. “It’s easier and more efficient to start over,” he said.
If elected, Seymour said he’d fight on behalf of citizens and stand up for their interests. He pledged to always listen to all parties and arrive at an independent, objective position.
“You know I’m a fighter,” he said. “I’ll fight for a cause.”
The filing period for the November elections has closed so the lineup is set for all local races. Other contested races that will be on the ballot include a three-way campaign for commonwealth’s attorney and a two-way contest for sheriff.