Open Letter From Mac Bridgwater

To you and all who supported me! Those who donated money, time, effort, prayers, contributions of any kind and all the words of encouragement offered during this year’s elections! I want to say God bless you and all of yours for your

Mac Bridgwater

hard work! In this election for Sheriff of Nelson County, there were times of happiness, frustration, concern, joy and many other emotions along the way. But my family and I were able to overcome the bad times and enjoy the wonderful times because of you! We are strong people but we became even stronger because of all your support. Although the outcome was certainly not what either I or any of you hoped for, you should all be as proud as I am for the tremendous leap forward that our concerns and values have made in this county. I have seen, over the last several years, the demographics change in this county as they relate to politics and though I consider myself “still” a highly conservative independent, I was and am proud to have represented the Republican party as your candidate for Sheriff! A lot of work still needs to be done to overcome some Democratic strong holds here but let this election be a sign to all, that it can and will be done if all the good work continues! I look at my election, not as a defeat, but as a victory for the future here in Nelson County! To all of you, from my family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With all our love and respect,

Mac Bridgwater and Family!

State Of the Commonwealth

Governor Bob McDonnell delivered the 2012 State of the Commonwealth speech to the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday, January 11th. Watch the full video by clicking on this link: Video or click here to read the full text.

Governor Bob McDonnell

Virginia’s General Assembly Is Back In Session

RICHMOND, VA — Virginia’s General Assembly is back in session with Republicans in charge. After a brief opening ceremony, lawmakers got right to work. It’s the first time in eleven years that Republicans are in control of the governor’s office and the General Assembly. Democrats asked that the chairs of committees be evenly divided among Republicans and Democrats but that would have been a departure from tradition. The party in power, which had been the Democrats, usually gets to lead committees. This time around, voters put Republicans in the majority of the House. The Senate is evenly split, 50-50, but the Republican Lt. Governor gets to break any ties. Coverage by WCYB.COM January 11, 2012

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Larry Saunders Announces Candidacy for South District Supervisor

Two months before the general election in  Nelson County, an Arrington man is throwing his hat into the ring for the position of  South District Supervisor on the  Nelson County Board of Supervisors.

Larry Saunders, 65, officially announced his candidacy earlier this week as the  Republican nominee for the position.

Larry Saunders

The seat is one of 11 elected positions up for grabs in  Nelson County on Nov. 8.

Saunders  is the owner of Saunders Construction, located near Colleen, and a  Nelson County native.

In 2007, Saunders was one of four candidates for the South District Supervisor position after the previous  Supervisor, Harry Harris,retired.

Current South District Supervisor, Joe Dan Johnson, beat Saunders for the position by three votes.

Saunders said he decided to enter the race again after months of receiving phone calls and pleas from friends, family and neighbors.

“It seemed to be everywhere I went out, somebody was pleading with me and begging with me to run,” he said. “Everybody but my wife. She wasn’t too happy with the decision.”

Saunders said he has more than 40 years of experience in the construction business and can bring that knowledge to the table on the Nelson County Board of Supervisors with all of the construction projects currently happening in the county.

“People said we needed a person on the Board who knew business and construction with the increasing number of projects and renovations going on in the county,” he said in a recent news release. “They seemed to think I could help the county save money and bring some knowledge to the table.”

Saunders plans to carry the same agenda as he presented in his 2007 run, which included pushing for fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars, attracting business to the county to provide more opportunity for jobs and providing simplified information to new businesses on how they can work and grow within Nelson.

Saunders said that he is excited about running again.

“I feel like I can win this time,” he said. “It is down to three candidates instead of four. I just feel strongly that with the support I’ve gotten, we stand a real good chance of winning this time.”

Johnson is running for re-election of the seat and  Johnny Ponton,  of Shipman, is running for the seat as the Democratic nominee.

By: Erin McGrath
Published: September 14, 2011 in the Nelson County Times

Fariss Becomes 59th District Republican Nominee

Matt Fariss

Campbell County’s Matt Fariss will carry the Republican banner in the race for the 59th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in the November election.   Fariss, who lives in the Rustburg area, was elected unanimously by acclamation at a party convention Aug. 13 at Appomattox County High School, Wendell Walker, the convention secretary,said.  He said more than 200 people showed up for the convention.There had been a contest for the Republican nomination until the day before when Evans Thomas, of Appomattox, withdrew.  Fariss, who is a seventh generation Campbell County native, has the endorsements of Del. Watkins Abbitt, Del. Kathy Byron and Sen. Steve Newman,

Walker said.  Abbitt is the current 59th District delegate, but isn’t running for re-election.  Fariss announced his candidacy in late May in Rustburg.  This is his first run for public office.  In announcing, he said he wanted to serve.  “I owe a great debt to this great commonwealth and this land I love.  I want to serve my state and nation. “Fariss has a beef cattle farm, is co-owner of the Lynchburg Livestock Market and a licensed real estate agent.  The 59th District covers all of Appomattox and Buckingham counties and parts of Campbell, Nelson and Albemarle counties.  Fariss will face Democrat Connie Brennan, of Nelson County, in the Nov. 8 election.


Thursday, August 25, 2011 2:43 PM EDT
Mark Thomas | Womack Publishing News Service Campbell

Committee Elects Candidates for Local Offices

The Nelson County Republican Committee held a Mass Meeting on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at the Fleetwood Harmony Masonic Lodge located in Lovingston.  They voted by acclamation to elect the following candidates to run under the Republican banner in the November 8th elections:

Commonwealth Attorney:   Daniel Rutherford

County Sheriff:    Mac Bridgwater

County Treasurer:     Susan Kidd Stevens

West District Supervisor:    Tommy Bruguiere (incumbent)

Guests speakers included T. J. Aldous, Republican candidate for Virginia State Senate in the 25th District;  Dickie Bell , incumbent candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 20th District and  Matt Fariss and Evans Thomas seeking the Republican nomination for Virginia House of Delegate representing the 59th District.

Delegates were also elected to represent Nelson County in the  recently redistricted 59th District at the upcoming Convention to be held at Appomattox High School on August 13th at 10:00 am.