Two Hanover County supervisors are not seeking re-election this year, when all seven slots are up for grabs, opening up the field for candidates who want a seat on the board in 2020.
Hanover Republicans will hold primary elections in June for four of the six seats they currently hold, while Democrats, who are expected to run at least five candidates, are hoping to snatch wins in four contested races to gain a majority on the board for the first time in recent memory.
The deadline to register as a candidate for a primary passed in March.
Hanover Democratic Party Chairwoman Toni Radler said all of her party’s nominees will be selected by caucus this spring.
Radler said there are an unusually high number of Democrats entering the fray in the county’s elections this year, after contesting only two seats in the last general election four years ago.
“These are people with expertise and who are involved in the county,” she said. “We have some incredible candidates.”
Republican Cold Harbor District Supervisor Scott A. Wyatt will not run again in order to challenge Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, this year. South Anna Supervisor Wayne T. Hazzard announced in January that he will retire at the end of his term this year.
With two of the party’s seats wide open, other Republicans are seeing an opportunity to challenge the party’s incumbents in the Beaverdam, Chickahominy and Mechanicsville districts.
“Every now and then, we see a lot of competition,” said Hanover County Republican Committee Chairwoman Dale Taylor. “This is one of those years.”
Commonwealth’s Attorney Trip Chalkley, Commissioner of the Revenue Scott Harris, Sheriff David Hines and Treasurer Scott Miller are all expected to seek re-election. No candidates have submitted paperwork to contest them.
Former Ashland Mayor Faye Prichard, the board’s only Democrat, at this time is not expected to face a challenger.
Though Republicans will have until June 11 — the day of the primary — to declare a nominee for the Ashland district race, no other Democrats, Republicans or independents have filed to run for the seat.
Prichard, a Virginia Commonwealth University assistant professor and director of writing for its honors college, is currently serving her first term on the board.
Longtime Supervisor Bucky Stanley, who has occupied his seat since 1984, is seeking another term in office.
Andy Schaefer, the IT director for the law firm of Marks & Harrison, will run against Stanley for the Republican nomination in June.
Democrats are expected to nominate Hanover native Crystal Robens to run for the seat in November.
Incumbent Angela Kelly-Wiecek, a former chairwoman of the county’s Republican committee, will run for a third term this year.
Tom Walsh, a former schoolteacher and administrator who owns a Chick-fil-A franchise and is a faculty member at the University of Richmond, will challenge Kelly-Wiecek for the party’s nomination.
Radler, the chairwoman of the county’s Democratic Party, said she does not expect a Democratic candidate will run in this race.
Three people will vie to replace Wyatt, a former Hanover Republican Party chairman who is seeking higher office this year.
Michael Herzberg, a small-business owner and a member of the county Republican committee, will run against Sarah Via, a mortgage loan officer, and Paul Cash, a former school division administrator and Patrick Henry High School assistant principal who retired in 2013.
James Doran, a state budget analyst and a native of Lynchburg, is expected to run for the seat as a Democrat.
Incumbent Republican Supervisor Sean Davis will not face a challenge for his party’s nomination, but is expected to run against two candidates in November.
Daryl Chesley, a Navy veteran and former Hanover schools assistant superintendent, is planning to run against Davis, a Marine Corps veteran, for the seat. Chesley is currently the director of professional education for the United Network for Organ Sharing.
James Wilkerson is expected to run as a Democrat for the seat.
W. Canova Peterson, the board’s current chairman and a retired architect, is running for his third term on the board.
Ryan Hudson, a registered nurse and local Realtor, is planning to challenge Peterson for the GOP nomination.
Radler said no Democrats are expected to run for the seat in November.
Sue Dibble, who currently represents her district on the Hanover School Board, will be the Republican nominee for the seat in November.
Another candidate had submitted preliminary paperwork to run for the nomination but did not qualify on time, according to county election officials.
Clara Scott, a former assistant principal at Liberty Middle School, will run for the seat as a Democrat.