Who will replace Jerry Boothe on the Floyd County Board of Supervisors?

Veteran Courthouse Supervisor Jerry Boothe's decision to retire from the county board at the end of this year has sparked a guessing game over who will file to run for the vacant seat.

Boothe (right) held the seat for 12 of the past 16 years and was the sole Democrat on the Republican-dominated board until Bill Gardner's election in 2007. His decision to step down has Democrats scrambling to find a candidate who can hold onto the seat while Republicans see Boothe's departure as an opportunity to pad their 3-2 majority.

But the question remains: Who will run? A current member of Floyd's Town Council? A community activist? Floyd has a higher number per capita than most rural counties in Southwestern Virginia. A transplant who can bring a fresh, outside perspective to county government?

Stay tuned. This will be fun to watch.

Veteran Courthouse Supervisor Jerry Boothe’s decision to retire from the county board at the end of this year has sparked a guessing game over who will file to run for the vacant seat.

Boothe (right) held the seat for 12 of the past 16 years and was the sole Democrat on the Republican-dominated board until Bill Gardner’s election in 2007. His decision to step down has Democrats scrambling to find a candidate who can hold onto the seat while Republicans see Boothe’s departure as an opportunity to pad their 3-2 majority.

But the question remains: Who will run? A current member of Floyd’s Town Council? A community activist? Floyd has a higher number per capita than most rural counties in Southwestern Virginia. A transplant who can bring a fresh, outside perspective to county government?

Stay tuned. This will be fun to watch.

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3 Responses

  1. Platform or Connections? Either way it takes face time to win an election in the County.

    I think there are several examples where “immigrants” have prevailed in Floyd County elections. I understand that Fred Gerald is transplanted though married to a Qberry, and it doesn’t take long to notice that David Sulzen won a School Board seat, and consequent re-election, by having volunteer support and the vision that all citizens wish the best qualified candidate to win. The question is how does one become that Golden Candidate?

    I’ll observe that it starts with a pre-existing condition, respectful listening. It really isn’t pedigree that qualifies a candidate, it takes courage, conviction, steady perception, an affinity for the territory and perhaps it doesn’t hurt to be a modest person with the ability learn on the run and desire to fill that seat.

    That at least is my 2 cents. However we’re immigrants too, just starting out here really, moved here in 1985. Could say I became a resident by choice. And I think I’m in good company.

    Jeff

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