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Campaign News: Commonwealth Attorney’s Forum Next Week

July 20, 2011

Readers (what few may not have been scared off) will note there hasn’t been much content around here of late. More on that in a bit. First order of business, however, is to announce an exciting event scheduled for next Monday. I know that I previously put a moratorium on CWA race coverage (and suffered the dwindling traffic for it), but this is not so much news as about a chance for you to hear from the candidates themselves.

Next Monday, July 25th the Shenandoah Valley Constitutional Conservatives will hold a candidate’s forum between the three announced candidates for the position of Commonwealth’s Attorney. Two candidates are Brad Pollack, an attorney in private practice in Woodstock from the Orkney/Basye area, and Mayor Jeremy McCleary of Woodstock, who also has his own private practice in Woodstock. Both men are seeking the nomination of the Republican Party at the County’s upcoming convention on Thursday, August 18th at 7:30 p.m. at Central High School in Woodstock. A third candidate, Amanda McDonald Wiseley of Strasburg, who is in private practice with her husband in the firm of Wiseley McDonald Wiseley, was previously seeking the nomination but left the race to run as an independent on allegations that opposition camps were circulating rumors regarding her current pregnancy and general fitness to serve in order to derail her campaign. (EDITOR’S NOTE, 7/21: I wanted to clarify that the allegations of said rumors were made by the Wiseley campaign itself in the press release announcing an independent run, in which they refused to name who was spreading said rumors or even their affiliation. Although they were echoed by the Shenandoah Valley Herald in an editorial last week, to date no evidence has been produced that such rumors were actually circulating). It is known that Wiseley has been circulating petitions but it is not yet clear that they have been turned in and certified. The filing deadline is 7 p.m. on August 23rd, the same day as the state primary in those areas that will be holding them. There’s no primary in Shenandoah County this year, as both political parties chose non-state run nominating methods.

The forum will be held at the Mt. Jackson’s Denny’s from 7 to 8:30 p.m. next Tuesday, July 25th. It is hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Constitutional Conservatives, a Tea Party-esque group that has been meeting for some months with a focus on both local and national issues. The format, as we know it right now, will be opening statements from the candidates followed by the candidates answering questions from the audience. We’ll provide more details on the format as we get them, but as we see it, this is not a traditional debate with a moderator asking screened questions with time allowed for rebuttals, but we’ll see.

Please share this with anyone you know with an interest. Email me at for RSVP details–the sponsors are asking that you PLEASE RSVP in advance, as room is expected to be limited. Also of note–you may order off the menu at your own expense during the evening, but from the perspective of an ex-political professional, I ask you please stay away from the louder foods (celery, carrots, tacos, and broken glass cassarole).

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