Beach mayor, vice mayor will not seek re-election
GARY SEEBER, MIKE HAM, & BURKETT LYBURN at a recent Colonial Beach Town Council meeting. Seeber’s and Ham’s seat are filled until 2014, but Lyburn’s is up this year. Lyburn has announced he will not seek re-election. Ham has announced he’s running for the open mayor seat.
As the entire country braces itself for the November Presidential Elections, Colonial Beach is preparing for its local elections, and it appears there will be a changing of the guard. The mayoral seat is up for election as are four council seats and three seats on the school board.
Both Colonial Beach Mayor Fred Rummage and Vice Mayor Burkett Lyburn are not seeking re-election.
The only candidate listed as officially on the ballot for mayor is Councilman Michael “Mike” Ham. Ham was originally appointed to fill the vacated seat of Steve Kennedy in April, 2011. During a special election in November, 2011 he won his seat, which he is set to hold until Dec. 31, 2014. Should no write-in candidate beat Ham, his council seat will be vacated and the seat will be filled by appointment of the new council.
Councilmen Tommy Edwards, Tim Curtin and Jim Chiarello, who were all appointed to their seats, will be up for election in November.
Chiarello’s seat was originally held by Shane Buzby and was not set to expire until 2014. Due to Virginia law, as the appointment would last longer than two years, and there is an interim election, the seat is up for grabs. Chiarello’s seat must remain on the same cycle it is on now, so it is a short-term seat of only two years.
According to the Virginia Board of Elections, Chiarello is uncontested seat. The other council seats are all for a full four-year term. Curtin, Edwards, and Wanda Gorfoth are on the ballot for these three seats.
Write-in candidates have won elections in Colonial Beach’s past, so it is not a forgone conclusion that there will be no challenge to those who are already on the ballot.
In the Colonial Beach Public School Board election the seats of Tim Trivett, Mike Looney and Michelle Payne are all up for grabs. Looney and Payne currently serve as the chairman and vice-chairman, respectively. The Virginia Board of Elections has no candidates listed for these seats as no one has applied to be placed on the ballot in November.
There have been no public declarations of candidacy by any sitting school board members, nor the general public. At this point in time, any candidate would have to be written in as it is too late to be placed upon the ballot for this election term.