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ELECTION NEWS: Alger to seek GOP nomination for Commonwealth’s Attorney

June 11, 2011

Well, the NVDaily scooped us again (for those keeping score at home, the Daily is up 2-1 right now). I had heard rumbling about this possible development, but I held off on reporting it until I heard from the candidate. Right now, though, we’re still growing into a news source (and that includes audience-wise), roughly analogous to AMC back in the 70s. We hope to eventually move into the Chrysler spot (we’re coming for you, Valley-Herald), but for the time being, we’ll have to rely on the Daily for this one.

Ken Alger, 32 of Stanley, announced yesterday that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for Commonwealth’s Attorney. Alger has worked under retiring Republican incumbent Al Mitchell since 2005, when he replaced then-Delegate-elect Todd Gilbert. Alger attended the University of Virginia and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia Law School. He is President-elect of the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference and in 2008 won their Young Lawyer of the Year award. Alger has been actively involved in various community service groups in Page County. Alger’s full bio can be found on the Commonwealth Attorney’s website.

Alger’s announcement sets up the first GOP nominating contest for a constitutional office since 1999, when Robert Bowman defeated Freddie Hottle for the Sheriff’s nomination. (Interestingly enough, Hottle is now seeking the office of Sheriff in King George’s County) It should be noted that, according to the Code of Virginia, Alger will need to establish residency in Shenandoah County at least 30 days prior to Election Day in order to serve as Commonwealth’s Attorney.

The Shenandoah County Republican Committee, which consists of elected officials, District chairs, precinct members and at-large members, will meet this Wednesday at 7:30 at the Circuit Courthouse to decide the method of nomination for this and other county seats. Past history shows that the smart money should be on a convention as the method of nomination.

Check out the Daily’s article on the race here.

DISCLOSURE: I am a member of the County Republican Committee, with a vote on the method of nomination.

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