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June 27, 2019


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phone 540-692-5801


Walter J. Mabe, an Independent, is a candidate for the Warren County Board of Supervisors from the Shenandoah District.  Below is information on Walt:

My name is Walter J. Mabe.  I am an Independent candidate running for the Warren County Board of Supervisors from the Shenandoah District.  My opponent is Thomas S. Sayre, the Republican incumbent.  I would like to take a few minutes to explain my background, work experience, why I moved back to Front Royal four years ago, and why I believe I am the best-qualified candidate for a position on the Board of Supervisors.

I was born and raised in Eden, North Carolina.  I graduated from high school there in 1971 at the height of the Vietnam War.  In high school I played on the football team and was a shot-putter on the track team, as well as working as a school bus driver for my fellow school mates.  In 1971 I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years (1971-1976).  My specialty was aviation electronics.  Joining the Marines was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  The Corps broke me down physically and emotionally — then built me back up — and that started the process of making me  into the man I am today.

I am eternally indebted to the Marines for the kind of person I am today.  I am a very patriotic American interested in the “common good” of all people.

Following military service, I worked in small electronics shops in northern Virginia for eight years (1976-1985).  This was followed by eight years in the banking and mortgage-lending business (1985-1993), specializing in commercial and residential loans.  During this time my wife Taffy and I and our two children lived in Front Royal, her hometown.  Taffy graduated from Warren County High School in 1971.

In 1993 — after our two children graduated from Warren County High School — Taffy and I moved to Las Vegas where I began a 21-year career (1993-2014) in the telecommunication industry as a project-manager.  I worked as a contractor for companies like AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.  Based out of Las Vegas, I would work for six to eighteen months at a time on telecommunications projects in California, Hawaii, Utah, Georgia, Florida, Nevada, and other areas.  

A project manager is a problem solver, a planner, a facilitator, a negotiator, a human resource person and various other hats as needs arise.  A project manager is also a good listener and speaks with confidence once he understands a problem and resolves it by listening to both sides of issues.  I was better than other project managers at anticipating problems and managing risks.

My biggest satisfaction as a project manager was going to a market or problem site — analyzing the problem with the team — and providing a better solution to project at the end which gave the customer and the company a satisfactory result.  Sixty percent of my time as a project manager was spent reading and understanding budgets.  I CAN read budgets!

In 2014 I semi-retired.  I moved with my wife Taffy back to Front Royal, Virginia, her hometown.  During the past five years I have learned what a wonderful community Front Royal is in which to live, work, and raise a family.

Taffy and I have two children — a son who works for Harley-Davidson in Texas and a daughter who works for Earthbound Farms in California.  We are active members of the Grace Fellowship Church of God on Westminster Drive in Front Royal.  I am a director of the Prospect Hills Cemetery in Front Royal, and a member in good standing of the American Legion.

Since announcing my candidacy for the Warren County Board of Supervisors from the Shenandoah District seat, I have been asked several questions about my candidacy.   Here are the answers to some of these questions:

Q: Why are you running for the Board of Supervisors?

Because Warren County needs a complete top-to-bottom change in local leadership.  We can no longer tolerate local leadership that:

  • Allowed the largest embezzlement in the history of Virginia to occur —  making Front Royal the laughing stock of the state. 
    • Raised Warren County taxes at a time that other counties are lowering taxes.
      • Caused the morale of Warren County residents to drop to all-time lows.
      • Has little vision for the future of the county.

Q:  Some Republicans say you are a “closet Democrat masquerading as an “independent.”  Is this true?

  • Absolutely not.  The charges are patently false.  I am a conservative independent.
    • In fact the reason that I am running as an Independent is that Warren County needs a “true conservative voice” to clean up the mess that poor local leadership has created.  I am that independent voice.  

Q: Why are Warren County residents so angry?

Because local leaders have failed to address and solve local problems.

Q: Are you willing to debate your opponent during the campaign?

Yes.  I want voters to see where my views on the issues are different from my opponent’s.

Q:  During the campaign, will you appear at “any meeting of all Republicans”?

Under no circumstances.  I am an Independent.

Q:  During the campaign, will you appear at “any meeting of all Democrats”?

Under no circumstances.  I am an Independent

Q: What is the biggest problem facing Warren County?

The demoralizing impact on local residents of the EDA scandal — of the loss of more than $20 million of taxpayers’ money.  Residents are extremely angry.  They realize that locally-elected officers completely ignored red flags clearly evident two years that could have prevented the scandal.

Q:  What kind of campaign will you run?
A very positive campaign.  I like to deal with facts.  I don’t like to sling mud.


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