Athey elected to 26th Circuit Court Judgeship

Clifford L. “Clay” Athey, Jr. commented today on his election by the Virginia General Assembly to fill the current Circuit Court vacancy in the 26th Judicial Circuit.

“I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support of my former colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the General Assembly. I intend to work very hard to deserve the trust my former colleagues have placed in me,” he said.

Athey added, “I am particularly appreciative of the efforts of my former colleagues in the Shenandoah Valley Caucus and look forward to working with Frederick County Circuit Court Clerk, Becky Hogan, and her diligent and professional staff to protect and serve the citizens of the 26th Judicial Circuit.

As I begin this new endeavor, I am comforted by the quality of the outstanding attorneys who will be practicing before me in the 26th Judicial Circuit.I would be the first to acknowledge that although I may be succeeding Retired Circuit Judge John Prosser, I can never hope to replace someone of his caliber. Certainly, as I begin this new challenge, I will be relying upon my new colleagues including Judges Prosser, Wetsel, Hupp, Lane and Wilson who are among the most distinguished Judges in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Athey concluded, “I would not have been able to serve in any position of public trust without the steadfast love and support of my beloved wife Stacey, and our twins, Madagan and Clayton. In addition, I have greatly benefited from the loving guidance, advice, and support of my sister and law partner, Kimberly M. Athey, and my parents, Lynwood and Phyllis Madagan Athey. Without question, it is my family, Madagans and Atheys alike, to which I owe a debt of gratitude for my upbringing and faith in God. My family’s prayers and hard work along with the support of so many of my constituents has afforded me an opportunity to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia throughout my adult life.”

From a release.

Published in: on May 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm  Comments (2)  

Darr the lone incumbent to win re-election

Full Circle: Out with the old, in with the…old?

By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report 

Front Royal voters opted to keep first-term mayor Timothy W. Darr in office Tuesday by a wide margin – 924 to 326 – but rejected two of his colleagues, one of whom got the least amount of votes among the nine candidates to fill three seats.

Vice Mayor Chris W. Holloway and Councilman Carson C. Lauder, Jr. were swept from office in an election that saw a voter turnout of only 16 percent. Ironically, both opposed a move to switch to a November town election which would likely have seen a much larger turnout – traditionally at least double over the past decade – in which incumbents usually benefit from simple name recognition.

Even more surprising to many observers, former Vice Mayor Bret W. Hrbek and former Mayor Eugene R. Tewalt, both of whom lost their re-election bids in 2010, received the most votes, 515 and 514 of a total of 1,335 cast for nine candidates for council and two for mayor.

In 3rd place and also joining Front Royal’s Town Council is Pond, Athey, Athey and Pond attorney Daryl Lee Funk, who edged out the only other serious contender for a spot at the top, Linda J. Allen, by 94 votes, 509 to 415.

Holloway came in fifth in the race for three seats with 352 votes. Lauder finished ninth and was low man on the council vote total totem pole with 269 votes, despite that family cole slaw recipe.

Rounding out the voter count were Ron Harvey, sixth place (297); Manuel Vicente, seventh (288); Robbie Tennett, eighth (281).

Here are the complete unofficial results:

This report was edited by Roger Bianchini.

Published in: on May 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm  Comments (1)  
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