CIRCUIT COURT CLERK

Charity Evora Baker



ADDRESS: Woodford  

POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic   

AGE: 63 

PLACE OF BIRTH: Caroline County  

FAMILY: Single   

BACKGROUND: Retired after 37 years with Caroline Public Schools;  financial secretary, Macedonia Baptist Church;  secretary, Caroline Branch NAACP; Caroline Democratic Committee; past Worthy Matron Welcome Chapter 129 Order of Eastern Star.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Honesty: Maintain focus on providing quality service to the citizens and community with integrity and professionalism. 

2. Focus on responding with a sense of urgency and compassion. 

3. Community support: Foster environment of dependability with strong leadership and community focused support.

Susan W. Minarchi  

ADDRESS: Bowling Green  

POLITICAL PARTY: Republican   

AGE: 61 

PLACE OF BIRTH: Essex County FAMILY: Husband, Glen 

BACKGROUND: Currently interim Circuit Court Clerk; worked for the Circuit Court since 2001 in various roles, last as  chief deputy clerk;  prior charter member, Madison Ruritan Club; Habitat for Humanity volunteer and treasurer; Bowling Green Volunteer Rescue Squad. 

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. The need for a candidate with experience working  so court business  may continue in a smooth transition.

2. Prepare to meet the demands of increase in land records, probate and administration and criminal and civil cases that accompany growth by using most current technology available.

3. Continue to cross-train staff to provide excellent service.

Terry Southworth

ADDRESS: Sparta  

POLITICAL PARTY: Independent   

AGE: 57 

WEB: voteterrysouthworth@gmail.com; TerrySouthworthCampaign on Facebook   

PLACE OF BIRTH: Caroline County

FAMILY: Husband, Jess; four children, three grandchildren.   

BACKGROUND: Corporate office of Best Products for Watts                            Construction, before 20-year career in General District Court, 15 of those years as clerk of court; 22-year member,  Women's Missionary              Union: volunteer, Sparta Volunteer Fire Department, president of the Ladies' Auxiliary; ran for circuit clerk in 2007.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Organization:  When office is neat and organized, you are more efficient, less chance of files and papers being lost and able to give timely customer service.

2. Cross training of employees so they can fill in for each other and re is never breakdown in progress or service.

3. Reallocate space for files and to provide better, more efficient work areas for employees.

SHERIFF

Charles M. Garnett  

ADDRESS: Port Royal  

POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic   

AGE: 42 

PLACE OF BIRTH: Caroline County    

BACKGROUND: 16 years law enforcement experience; volunteer, Port Royal Fire and Rescue.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Improve community safety.

2. Establish juvenile outreach.

3. Cut Sheriff Office's budget.

Anthony A. ‘Tony’ Lippa Jr.  

ADDRESS: Bowling Green  

POLITICAL PARTY: Independent   

AGE: 61 

WEB: tonylippa.com, Re-elect Sheriff Lippa on Facebook  

PLACE OF BIRTH: Rochester, N.Y.

FAMILY:  Wife, Donna; three sons; one daughter; three grandsons.   

BACKGROUND: 12 years as sheriff; former Virginia State Police area commander, patrol sergeant and trooper for Caroline and King George counties, training sergeant at  Virginia State Police Academy; former officer, Henrico County Police; thrice-appointed by governors to state Forensic Science Board; executive board member, Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Placing a deputy in each school to protect children and expand anti-gang task force.

2. Making Caroline safer place to live, work and raise family by continuing  aggressive efforts in combating illegal drugs!

3. Continuing involvement with the Community Committed Service Oriented philosophy by utilizing all available techniques, resources, and technology.

Chris Wooldridge  

ADDRESS: Caroline  

POLITICAL PARTY: Independent   

AGE: 37 

WEB: wooldridgeforsheriff.com, Elect Chris Wooldridge for Sheriff Caroline County on Facebook  

PLACE OF BIRTH: Virginia

FAMILY: Wife, Ann   

BACKGROUND: 10-year Army veteran with multiple combat deployments; former officer, Longwood Police Department; former training officer, instructor and SWAT team member, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office; former Department of Defense employee who led 25-man police department; former instructor of SWAT school in Afghanistan, former weapons instructor.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Create 12-hour shift  to increase the presence of deputies and promote quicker response times.

2. Create community policing program to promote the daily interaction of citizens and deputies, yielding a stronger relationship with our community.

3. Start street crimes division to address and eradicate gang and drug problems in county.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

BOWLING GREEN DISTRICT

Roger Wayne Brooks

ADDRESS: Bowling Green  

POLITICAL PARTY: Independent  

AGE:  67

PLACE OF BIRTH:  Fredericksburg

FAMILY: Wife,  Kay;  daughter,  Heather Smith; son-in-law, Troy Smith; son, Hunter; daughter-in-law, Erin; two grandchildren.  

BACKGROUND: Graduate, James Monroe High; VCU, J. Sargeant Reynolds; Virginia Department of Transportation; City of Fredericksburg Director of Public Works; town manager, Bowling Green;  Spotsylvania County director of capital construction; worked for several engineering firms; president,  Caroline Historical Society; vice president, Caroline Library; member,  Kilwinning Crosse Masonic Lodge 2-237, Caroline Chamber of Commerce, Caroline Family YMCA, Friends of the Caroline Library,  Historic Port Royal, Rappahannock Regional Heritage Center,  Woodford Hunt Club, Ducks Unlimited, Human Society of the United States; Little League coach, six years; assistant Scout master,  Troop 173, 8 years; Bowling Green Baptist.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Increase county revenues through commercial/residential growth and tourism while promoting positive aspects of county.

2. Build closer working relationships with supervisors and School Board members.

3. Reduce overall county debt without increasing taxes.

Jeffery M. ‘Jeff’ Sili  

ADDRESS: Bowling Green  

POLITICAL PARTY: Republican  

AGE: 56 

WEB: jmsili@verizon.net   Facebook.com/sili2015;  Twitter: @jeff_sili2015  

PLACE OF BIRTH:  Cleveland, Ohio

FAMILY: Wife, Susan (Medley)  

BACKGROUND: Senior systems engineer; degree in Electronic Engineering from Norfolk State; six years,  active duty, U.S. Navy; Caroline Board of Supervisors 2008–present; Caroline School Board 1992–99, board member, George Washington Regional Commission, Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council; past president, Caroline Chamber of Commerce; sponsor, Caroline Relay For Life, Caroline Rotary Senior Citizens Gala; member, Caroline County Agricultural Fair Committee, Support for the Caroline Historical Society, Caroline Social Services Resource Council-Christmas Partners, Foster Families; member and past president, Caroline Ruritans;  American Legion Post 221. , Support of the Caroline Museum and Cultural Center, Support of the Port Royal Museum of American History, Support for and attendance at churches community-wide 

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Transparency in county government: Continue to inform, engage people in the process.

2. Budget: Continue to work to eliminate wasteful spending by previous boards, resulting in $200 million-plus debt load.

3. Business Attraction and Retention: Support common-sense growth policies that advocate the attraction of smart, compatible new business in appropriate areas and retention and expansion of existing business.

MADISON DISTRICT

Wayne Acors

ADDRESS: Ladysmith  

POLITICAL PARTY:  Independent  

AGE:   68

PLACE OF BIRTH: Ladysmith

FAMILY: Wife, Julia; two adult children, one granddaughter  

BACKGROUND:  Caroline Board of Supervisors for 28 years; Caroline Social Services Board, 12 years; chairman, Caroline Industrial Development Authority, 7 years; president, Ladysmith School PTA; superintendent's advisory council; Governors Regional Economic Development Council; Fredericksburg Regional Alliance; president, Virginia Association of Counties; retired after 33 years with Virginia Department of ABC; two years, University of Richmond; Ladysmith Baptist Church; founding member,  Madison Ruritan Club.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Education

2. Managing growth

3. Transportation

Clay Forehand

ADDRESS: Ladysmith  

POLITICAL PARTY: Independent  

AGE: 42

WEB: Facebook: Forehand for Supervisor; c4hand2015@outlook.com    

PLACE OF BIRTH: Prince George

FAMILY:  Wife, Katie; four children: Riley, 7, Raegan, 6, Logan, 3, Payton, 1  

BACKGROUND:  East Coast safety manager, Rosendin Electric; previously director of safety and risk management, The Truland Group and employee, White Oak Semiconductor; safety professional since 1996 certified safety professional since 2001;  Richard Bland College;  B.S. in fire administration Eastern Kentucky University; master’s in loss prevention and safety, Eastern Kentucky University; volunteer firefighter/fireground officer for 12 years, Prince George; director of  Old Dominion Region of USA Volleyball; coached, high school boys volleyball  five years, travel girls volleyball for five years;  volunteer coach for Caroline youth soccer and Caroline Little League for two years; director,  homeowner’s association.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Improve educational results

2. Business growth—the right type and location

3. Smarter financial decisions, control debt

MATTAPONI DISTRICT

Milton R. Bush  

ADDRESS: Ruther Glen  

POLITICAL PARTY:  Independent  

AGE:  N/A

PLACE OF BIRTH:  Richmond

FAMILY:   Wife, Lucille; two children; two grandchildren.  

BACKGROUND:  Caroline County Planning Commission; retired U.S. Army Reserve; retired elementary, middle, high school principal; and middle school teacher, B.S.  Virginia State University; master’s, Virginia Commonwealth University; Ph.D., Carrington University; certificate of planning, Virginia Tech; deacon, St. John Baptist Church.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Not raising taxes and economic development

2. Quality Schools

3. Listening to voters and involving them in decision-making process.

Floyd W. Thomas  

ADDRESS: Milford Street  

POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat  

AGE:   59

PLACE OF BIRTH:  White Plains, N.Y.

FAMILY: Wife, Linda, one daughter   

BACKGROUND:  Board chairman, 2011, 2013, 2014; Caroline Solid Waste Task Force;  VaCO Telecommunications and Utilities Subcommittee; chairman, County Technology Committee; bachelor’s degree in architecture; over 25 years in the Information Technology field working for GIS firms and as salesman for PeopleSoft, Oracle and Adobe; member, St. Stephen’s Baptist Church, including trustee 2000-13.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Education. Bringing Germanna Community College to the Belmont subdivision in Caroline highlights the commitment to education for all residents.  Improving school buildings and providing raises for teachers and staff.

2. Job growth and continuing economic development.  Harris Teeter and Walmart combining with McKesson and Value City will add close to 1,000 new jobs in the next year. Additional revenue will allow county to increase school and public safety funding and reduce debt without increasing taxes.

3. Better access to government services and information via county website.

PORT ROYAL DISTRICT

Nancy Long  

ADDRESS: Port Royal  

POLITICAL PARTY:  Republican  

AGE:  60

PLACE OF BIRTH: Stafford

FAMILY: Husband,  Alexander; three children; four grandchildren.  

BACKGROUND:  Graduate, Stafford High, Germanna Community College,  Blue Ridge Community College; veterinary technician at Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital;  church choir member, Port Royal mayor and committees; Caroline County Countryside Alliance;  church women’s group; Ruritan associate member; Historic Port Royal Inc.; Humane Society of Caroline County; Friends of the Wildlife Refuge; Ladies Fire Auxiliary; Youth Task Force; Port Royal Community Plan for Caroline County; Joint Land Use Study; Town of Port Royal Planning Commission, For AP; Hill Installation Community Council. 

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Accountability in spending.

2. Protecting our rural community (agriculture and forestry industry) services.

3. Working in partnership with the school system (including home school support).

Calvin B. Taylor Sr.  

ADDRESS: Woodford  

POLITICAL PARTY:  Democrat  

AGE:  64

PLACE OF BIRTH:  N/A

FAMILY: Wife, Wanda; son, Aaron Lee  

BACKGROUND:  Graduate, Union High School; B.A., Virginia Union University;  master’s in public school administration, Virginia commonwealth University; Caroline school teacher and assistant principal for 33 years before retiring in 2006; adjunct, Gemania Community College; Caroline county Board Of Supervisor for 20 years (chairman 5 times); Caroline Social Services board (past chairman);  Caroline Extension Advisory Council (past chairman); George Washington Regional Commission (past chairman); Caroline County Education Association (past president); past member, Juvenile Justice Board; Board of Directors, YMCA,  Fredericksburg Boys and Girls Club; education chairman, Virginia Association of Counties;  member, Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) Fredericksburg, including president of gospel choir, vice president of men’s choir and education committee.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Provide excellent quality of life for all residents.

2. Adequately fund education, law enforcement and fire and rescue

3. Control growth and development with affordable tax rate

Reinhardt Watson  

ADDRESS: Rappahannock Academy

POLITICAL PARTY: Independent  

AGE: 66

PLACE OF BIRTH: Marion County, Ky.

FAMILY: Wife, two sons  

BACKGROUND: Six years, Army reserve, drill sergeant; 15 years experience as a data analyst, currently for Anthem; former stock/commodity broker; former manager, Piedmont Grain in Fredericksburg

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Change comprehensive plan to designate the U.S. 17 corridor a growth area. Development along the river will increase tax revenue without raising taxes.

2. Create more business friendly climate.

3. Ensure safety in schools

REEDY CHURCH DISTRICT

M.W. ‘Andy’ Andrews  

ADDRESS: Reedy Church District  

POLITICAL PARTY:   Independent  

AGE:  62

WEB:  mandrewsjr@aol.com   

PLACE OF BIRTH: Richmond

FAMILY: Married; two adult sons   

BACKGROUND:  B.A., University of Virginia;  Life Insurance Co. of Virginia, 1978-91; Williamsburg Millwork Corp., 1991-present; cattle farmer; Caroline Economic Development Authority vice-chairman; Friends of Dawn Library chairman;  Dawn sub-area planning committee; Board of Zoning Appeals, Dawn library advisory committee.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Business recruitment to expand tax base, reduce our debt and provide jobs.

2. Responsible development while maintaining rural preservation.

3. Oppose any landfill in any part of Caroline.

Reginald ‘Reggie’ Underwood  

ADDRESS: Ruther Glen  

POLITICAL PARTY:  Democrat  

AGE:   62

PLACE OF BIRTH: Elkhart, Ind.

FAMILY: Wife, Vera; three sons, Reggie II, Cory, Jr. Shelt; four grandchildren    

BACKGROUND: Board of Supervisors the past five years; Burger King franchise manager, regional manager and owner; teacher, coach, assistant principal with Caroline County Public Schools; three years as assistant superintendent with Charles public schools; eight years, regional vice president and currently chief academic officer, AdvacePath Academics; bachelor’s, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; master’s, Virginia Commonwealth University; currently doctoral candidate at Virginia Tech;  Agape Family Life Church; member, Caroline County NAACP and professional and educational organizations.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Development of business to increase tax base to fund county services and reduce tax burden on residents.

2. Increase services for seniors.

3. Build better community relationships with police to ensure respect for citizens and law enforcement is reciprocal.

SCHOOL BOARD  

Mattaponi District

Nancy Carson

ADDRESS: Ruther Glen

POLITICAL PARTY: Independent   

AGE: 62 

WEB:  ncarson@ccps.us; “Re-elect Nancy Carson for Mattaponi School Board” on Facebook  

PLACE OF BIRTH: Richmond

FAMILY: Husband, daughter; grandson   

BACKGROUND: School Board since 2012; 31 years teaching in elementary school; six years as an assistant principal; Reedy Church Ruritans; PTA; member of the Caroline Library Board; volunteers at elementary schools.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

1. Funding: State funding for all School Systems has been drastically reduced since 2008. It is necessary to increase county’s spending to keep our system operational and competitive in all areas.

2. Salaries: Continue to improve teacher and bus driver salaries; address classified employees and administration salaries, which are below other localities; so employees will not leave Caroline for other systems.

3. Overcrowding: We need to be  look to the future. to address where the next schools will be built based on growth.

Jamey J. Lewchanin  

ADDRESS: Milford  

POLITICAL PARTY: Independent   

AGE: 39 

WEB: JL8871@yahoo.com; Jamey Lewchanin on Facebook  

PLACE OF BIRTH: Oswego, N.Y.

FAMILY: Wife Carol; five children: son Jamey Jr., stepson Alex, stepdaughter Emma, daughter Sophia and baby boy on the way.  

BACKGROUND: Over 21 years working with  elementary students,  emotionally disturbed secondary students, adjudicated youth, coaching, umpiring, tutoring and babysitting; board of directors and president, Caroline Pines Property Owners Association; previously ran for School Board.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:  

1. Communication: Bring all stakeholders together.  

2. Find alternative ways of funding: Think outside the box.  

3. Look into alternative ways to boost learning; Move toward the future while holding on to values we grew up with.

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