After David Storke purchased two additional funeral homes on June 1 he knew his 10-year run as mayor of Bowling Green had to come to an end.
The owner of Storke Funeral Home in Bowling Green declined to run for re-election after he finalized the acquisition of Nash and Slaw Funeral Home in King George and Colonial Beach.
Storke immediately turned to Councilman Jason Satterwhite and implored him to seek the office of mayor.
Satterwhite is the only mayoral candidate for Tuesday’s election.
Caroline County General Registrar Kathryn McVay confirmed that former challenger Jack Heidenescher bowed out.
That leaves Satterwhite, 39, likely to take over after eight years on the Town Council.
“Myself and a couple other people on Town Council went to him and asked him to run,” Storke said. “I strongly urged him to think about it and I’m so glad he did. He’s been a good councilman and I think he’ll do a great job as mayor. I’ve endorsed him from day one.”
Satterwhite is a lifelong Caroline County resident. He’s a 1995 graduate of Caroline High School. He previously lived in Milford before he moved to Bowling Green in 2004.
He’s worked at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative for 18 years. He currently serves as the systems operator supervisor for REC.
He graduated from Columbia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2014.
Satterwhite has a wife, Brooke Hansen Satterwhite, and two sons, Leyton and Reid, ages 5 and 2, respectively.
Satterwhite said his family’s ties to Bowling Green indicate he’s in it for the long haul.
“We just made an investment in remodeling my wife’s great-grandparents’ home on Main Street,” Satterwhite said. “So we’re there. We’re planning on being there for however long the good Lord gives me.”
Satterwhite said he chose to run for mayor to give the town continuity. Town Manager Stephen Manster is retiring at the end of the year. There also will be two new members on Town Council to replace Satterwhite and Daniel Webb, who decided against seeking re-election.
“We felt like with some of the business prospects we have coming we needed a bit of continuity there,” Satterwhite said. “With a new manager, new mayor and potentially two new members on Town Council we needed a mayor that at least knew what was going on for the last two years. That’s what motivated me to do it.”
Mark Gaines and Martin Hauser are running as new council members. Glen McDearmon and Otis Wright are seeking re-election. With four candidates running for four openings, there is no opposition.
Satterwhite said he’s eager to get to work. He said his vision for Bowling Green is to improve its aged infrastructure. He said upcoming construction on Main Street will make “drastic improvements” to the water and sewer services. Satterwhite also plans to encourage more investment in the eastern part of the town on U.S. 301 toward Fort A.P. Hill.
He noted that the town recently invested in water and sewage in that area.
“We just need to continue to promote that area for growth and at the same time keep the small town charm that we have on Main Street,” Satterwhite said. “We have to continue to be business friendly. We have to help businesses come to town and be successful.”
In Port Royal, there are four candidates for seven seats on council. That means the other three seats likely will be decided by write-in votes.