By Randy Arrington
SHENANDOAH, July 31 — The Shenandoah Council will be down one member through the rest of 2023 after the remaining members decided to bypass a six-month appointment to fill the vacancy in lieu of encouraging town residents to run for the office in a special election on Nov. 7.
Russell J. Comer Jr., who has served multiple terms on the Shenandoah Council, was elected to his most recent four-year term in November of 2020. Comer resigned from the Council effective June 30, 2023; leaving a vacancy for the remainder of his term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2024.
At its July 11 meeting, the Shenandoah Council adopted a resolution directing newly appointed Town Attorney Daniel P. Rose of Litten & Sip to petition the Page County Circuit Court to “issue a writ of election and order that a special election be held on the date of the next general election.”
“Council decided since it is a tight timeline to get registered on the ballot for the special 2023 election, not to appoint to fill it in the interim,” Town Manager Juanita Roudabush said.
Candidates for the vacant council seat will need to submit a petition with 50 signatures, along with a Declaration of Candidacy and a Qualification of Candidacy form, to the county voter registrar before the filing deadline on Friday, Aug. 18.
While the Nov. 7 special election will fill the final year of the current term, the council position will be back on the ballot in the fall of 2024 to fill a full four-year term.
All candidate forms are available at the Page County Registrar’s Office, 103 S. Court St., Luray. For more information, call the Registrar’s Office at (540) 743-3986.