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All three towns in Page County will have seats on their respective councils up for grabs this November. Those seats will represent the only local races on the ballot this fall.

In order for council candidates to qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot, they must file with the county registrar by 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 — and the requirements are not the same for all three towns.

• Residents of Luray and Shenandoah who wish to run for an open council seat, or the mayor’s seat in Shenandoah, will need 50 signatures by qualified voters within their respective towns limits, along with the Declaration and Qualification of Candidacy.

• Residents of the Town of Stanley who wish to run for an open council seat are not required to gather signatures, but they do need to file a Declaration of Candidacy and a Qualification of Candidacy.

Page County Voter Registrar Carol Gaunt encourages all candidates gathering signatures to collect at least 60 in the event that some are “ineligible to be counted.”

All forms are available from the Registrar’s office at the Page County Government Center on South Court Street in Luray, and those forms can be mailed to potential candidates upon request.

For more information about candidate forms or to volunteer as a poll worker,

contact the Registrar’s office at (540) 743-3986 or email cgaunt@pagecounty.virginia.gov

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On the Page County Ballot in 2022

• Congressional midterms — Congressman Ben Cline (R) is expected to defend his House of Representatives’ seat representing Page County, but U.S. Senate races in Virginia are not up until 2024 [Tim Kaine’s (D) seat] and 2026 [Mark Warner’s (D) seat].

• Luray Council — Three seats on the Luray Council currently held by Vice Mayor Jerry Schiro, Ron Vickers and Stephanie Lillard will be up for election. At least two of those members are projected to defend their seats. Schiro is not expected to seek re-election.

• Stanley Council — Three seats on the Stanley Council currently held by Vice Mayor Bruce Stoneberger, Duane Layman and Doug Purdham will be up for election. At least two of those members are projected to defend their seats. Purdham is not expected to seek re-election.

• Shenandoah Council — Three seats on the Shenandoah Council currently held by Vice Mayor William Kite, Charles Jenkins and Lynn Fox will be up for election. Mayor Clinton Lucas is also up for another two-year term. All four are projected to defend their seats this fall.

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