When I arrived in Virginia in May of 2005, I knew there would be a bit of a learning curve involved in learning the laws and governmental processes that would differ from my native West Virginia.

For three years, Winchester provided that opportunity to become reacquainted with, in simple terms, how Virginia works. I did have a background after working about seven years in Bluefield, where the newspaper covered a few counties in southwest Virginia.

Having been on staff at The Local since 2008, elections have come and gone with little, if any great fanfare, within Hanover County. Sure, there have been some hotly-contested races, but no hoopla or nasty mudslinging as has been on display heading into yesterday’s Primary Election.

Some of the tactics used by candidates for the supervisors’ seats were appalling. Coming from a known politically corrupt county in West Virginia, I thought I’d seen it all in terms of doing whatever it takes to win. Wrong!

I’m not going to point fingers at this time, but I hope the guilty parties realize their slimy maneuvers in pursuit of an elected office.

And, of course, there’s the saga of the 97th District House of Delegates seat currently occupied by Chris Peace. He and Scott Wyatt, who has been representing the Cold Harbor District on the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, got down and dirty in the fight to represent the district.

I reside in the 97th, so I’ll reserve any comment about either candidate. Let’s see what happens on Nov. 5 when Democrat Kevin Washington name appears on the ballot for his party.

It’s going to be interesting as the race to the General Election continues.

Before closing, I have to ask (even though we all know the answer), is it really worth losing all dignity and integrity to retain or capture a political position?

I hope you kept up with us on Facebook last night for the races for the Hanover County Board of Supervisors and District 12 in the State Senate.

As always, thank you to Teri Smithson, director of election and general registrar, and her staff for their help. They are always available to assist.

On to November . . .

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