By Michael Buettner
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at 4:56 PM
Updated Oct 25, 2017 at 4:56 PM
Switch to staggered terms makes for unique election this year
PRINCE GEORGE — A change in the way county supervisors are elected and the passing away of a longtime board member have made this year’s Board of Supervisors races unique in county history.
In District 1, three newcomers are vying for the seat held for 17 years by the late Jerry Skalsky, who passed away unexpectedly last May. Hugh Mumford, a longtime school administrator appointed to finish Skalsky’s term, has chosen not to seek election to a full term, leaving the field open to three political newcomers.
In District 2, current board Chairman William A. Robertson Jr. is seeking reelection at what would have been the midpoint of a four-year term, as a result of a changeover to staggered terms for board members. Robertson supported the change, which means that voters won’t be filling all five board seats at the same time anymore, and volunteered to serve a two-year term when reelected in 2015. This year’s ballot is the first under the new arrangement.
Here’s a look at the candidates for the two open seats on the county’s governing body:
• Floyd M. Brown Jr. (Democrat) – An executive with an information technology firm in Richmond, Brown is a Prince George County native and graduate of Prince George High School who attended Virginia State University in Ettrick. Website: www.floydbrownjrforpgboard.com
• Shayne L. Bridgman (Independent) – An estimator/project manager with Perkinson Construction, Bridgman is a graduate of Prince George High School and Army National Guard veteran who studied architectural engineering at John Tyler Community College. Website: www.facebook.com/shayne.bridgman
• Joseph T. Wallace (Independent) – A Springfield native and former Prince George Planning Commission member, Wallace works as a transportation/land development consultant. He holds an associate degree in public administration from Ferrum College and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. A National Guard veteran, Wallace is currently a captain in the Virginia Defense Force, an all-volunteer reserve of the Virginia National Guard. Website: www.facebook.com/WALLACE4PGBOS
• William A. Robertson Jr. (Republican) – The current board chairman, Robertson is a veteran of public service who worked for 30 years for the Richmond Police Department, retiring as commander of detectives, and two years as Prince George’s chief of police. He is also a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served in the Marine Corps, and is the president-elect of the Virginia Association of Counties. He has served on the Board of Supervisors for 14 years. Website: www.bill4pgbs.com
• William F. Gandel (Independent) – Elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2011, Gandel fell just short of reelection in 2015, placing fourth as voters selected three supervisors, setting up a rematch of sorts with Robertson this year. Gandel retired as director of the county Department of Social Services in 2011 after 33 years on the county staff and is active in local community groups such as the James House. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from the University of Richmond and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. Website: www.gandelforpgboard.com
• Marlene J. Waymack (Independent) – A registered nurse who has worked for the Virginia Department of Agriculture, the county Commissioner of Revenue’s office and as Voter Registrar, Waymack currently works for John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell. Contact: Waymack4PG@gmail.com
• Michael Buettner may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 722-5155.
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