Friday, June 08, 2007

Republicans cancel Thursday nominating caucus

The Botetourt County Republican Party canceled Thursday night's party caucus to select candidates to run for local offices that are up for election in November.

Party officials confirmed there was no opposition within the party ranks for the various offices, so those candidates who qualified to run on the party ticket will be the nominees.

The party will have incumbent candidates for three of the five constitutional offices that are up for election this year. Ronnie Sprinkle gets the party nomination for Sheriff. He'll be seeking a third, 4-year term. Joel Branscom is the party nominee for Commonwealth's attorney for a third 4-year term, and Jay Etzler gets the nomination for a third 4-year term as Commissioner of the Revenue.

The party did not have any candidates for the treasurer's or clerk of court's positions.

There are two candidates for the three Board of Supervisors' seats that up for election. Don Assaid of Cloverdale gets the party's nomination to run for the Valley District seat for a second 4-year term; and Billy Martin is the party's nominee to run for the Blue Ridge District seat that's being vacated by long-time Democratic Party incumbent Wendy Wingo.

While Assaid has no announced opposition, Martin makes the election for the Blue Ridge seat a three-man race. Jim Laughlin has received the Democratic Party nomination and Pete McKnight is running as an Independent.

The Republican Party does not have a nominee for the Fincastle District seat. Don Meredith is the only announced candidate running for a second term as an Independent.

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