ELECTION: Warren County - Sayre claims Shenandoah seat; North River supervisor holds off challenger

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — Former Town Councilman Tom Sayre will now try his hand in county politics after defeating two opponents in the race for the Shenandoah District seat on the Warren County Board of Supervisors.

With 712 votes, Sayre fended off Ralph Rinaldi (480 votes) and Dee Schools (220 votes).

Sayre will join incumbent Dan Murray Jr. on the board. Murray won in the North River District, defeating former Town Councilman N. Shae Parker by 93 votes.

Sayre said he is grateful to all of the people who took the time and effort to support him, especially to those who cast a vote in his name.

"I realize that I am entrusted with the welfare to work for the common good of the people," Sayre said. "Please know I'm open to hearing all of your concerns and I look forward to serving you. Thank you."

Rinaldi took the loss in stride and said he was proud of the effort his team put forth in the election.

"The voters spoke," Rinaldi said. "There's only so much you can say on a loss. I think our people worked hard. We put out a very good effort and we came up short."

Schools said despite the results, she is happy to have tried and didnít rule out running for an office again in the future.

"I really appreciate all of the support that I received," Schools said. "I had a lot of help, a lot of supporters. ...Itís my first time ever running for a political office, so there's always the future."

Parker also is proud of his teamís performance and the turnout. He said both candidates ran clean campaigns and he called to congratulate Murray on a victory.

"I wish it would have come out a little different, but I'm grateful for the support of my committee. Hopefully we brought some issues to light, and we'll see where the county goes from here," Parker said.

Murray thanked all of the citizens who voted and the veterans who have fought to give citizens voting rights.

"I'd like to compliment all the candidates, not just the winners, and I don't consider those who werenít successful losers. I consider them the one percent that had the intestinal fortitude to stand up for what they believe in," Murray said.

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