Three vie for Commissioner of Revenue seat in Warren County

The Warren Sentinel
FRONT ROYAL —- Interim Commissioner of the Revenue Sherry Sours will seek the nomination of the Republican Committee of Warren at a mass meeting to be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Warren County Government Center.
Local business owner Mike McCool, a long-time party member, will challenge Sours for the nod.
Roy K. Boyles, who is the supervisor of the Real Estate Department in the Commissioner of the Revenue Office, also announced Tuesday that he will run for the post.
The candidates are hoping to fill out the remainder of John H. Smedley, Sr.’s term.
Smedley, who died Aug. 24, 2012, from complications following quadruple bypass surgery at Winchester Medical Center, was elected to his seventh term as commissioner in 2011.
Smedley had served as Commissioner of the Revenue since 1988 and as the county’s assessor before that.
In September, Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp signed a writ calling for the post to be filled in the Nov. 5 general election.
Sours, named chief deputy in 2003, has worked in the Commissioner of the Revenue office for 34 years, under three different commissioners. She said she would pursue the post as an independent if she did not get the GOP nod.
McCool, has run National Media Services for 33 years and believes his business experience and knowledge of the “ever-changing world of computer technology” will help him carry on the “great service record” of Smedley. He would not run without the GOP nomination, he said Tuesday, but would support whoever the party did nominate.
Boyles, who has been in the Commissioner of the Revenue office for 18 years, said that he’s running as an independent because he has done so for the Warren County School Board over the last three terms and feels he has “been very effective with this philosophy.”
Both McCool and Sours plan to attend Friday’s meeting; Boyles said he does not.
Warren County Democratic Committee boardmember Kym Crump said they were not putting forth a candidate for the special election.

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