Campaign signs mostly sporting red and blue hues were lined down the entrance to the Shenandoah University Health Professions Building on Friday evening.
Almost 40 candidates running for local and state elections, along with many concerned citizens, drove through that entryway to reach the 12th annual HobNob in the Valley hosted by the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber.
Most of the 47 candidates running in 32 races in the state, city of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke counties showed up to campaign. Those in the eight contested races were also able to judge their chances among this crowd.
Of the 81 non-incumbents seeking General Assembly seats, at least three boast stock portfolios worth at least $1 million.
According to analysis of economic interest statements by the Virginia Public Access Project, three non-incumbents have portfolios of $1 million or more, 19 have portfolios worth $100,000 to $999,000, 22 have portfolios worth $10,000 to $99,999 and the remaining 37 have no stock assets valued at $10,000.
The three candidates whose portfolios are worth $1 million or more are Donald Marro, an independent challenging Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Fauquier; Caren Merrick, the Republican candidate seeking the seat in the Senate’s 31st district that opened with the retirement of Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, D-Arlington; and Randall Minchew, the Republican nominee for the new seat in House’s 10th district, representing Loudoun, Frederick and Clarke counties.
A town man plans to challenge state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel for the 27th District seat in November.
Shaun Broy, of Stephens City, announced his intention to run as an independent candidate in the general election in a news release. Broy's campaign is gathering the 250 signatures required to put his name on the ballot, according to the release.
Broy, who graduated from Clarke County High School, works as the box office manager at Shenandoah University and oversees ticketing and seating services for venues on campus.
He studied political science and public administration, with a minor in mass communications, at the university.