Special Election

There will be a special election to replace Livingston District Supervisor Barry Jett on February the 15th, 2022.  Early voting will begin December 30th fpr registered voters of the Livingston District. . You may vote early in-person in the administrative lobby of the Office of Elections: 4708 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg VA 22407. (Next to the Visitor Center) If you prefer to request a Vote By-Mail ballot you may click here.  If you are not yet registered to vote, you may click here to register online. 

Important Deadlines


Early Voting begins: December 30, 2021

Deadline to register or make changes: February 2, 2022

Deadline to request a mailed ballot: February 4, 2022

Two Saturdays open for early voting: February 4 & 12, 2022

Last day for in-person early voting: February 12, 2022

Sample Ballot



candidates

LACA's Board has posed a list of questions to each of the three candidates. Their responses to these questions are listed below. LACA has extended an invitation to each of the three candidates to join us for one of our monthly board meetings, all three accepted our invitation. Please note that LACA is apolitical and will not endorse a particular candidate.  The goal of these questions is to quiz the candidates surrounding issues that are important to our membership. Their answers are below in the order that they appear on the ballot:

Jacob "Jake" Lane

1: The residents and property owners of Spotsylvania County at Lake Anna pay county taxes, both real estate and personal property taxes. The typical Lake Anna resident consumes very few county provided services compared to those living in more populated areas. Per capita, there are few school age children burdening the schools, no available water and sewer infrastructure and spotty broadband at best. What will you try to accomplish as a supervisor to help your constituents at Lake Anna?

As mentioned, Livingston district including the Lake Anna area tend to consume fewer county services than other districts and certainly pay our fair share into the county. I will fight to ensure we receive the same level of service and quality with existing infrastructure. Broadband: Federal funds are at the county’s disposal to help bring broadband to the rural areas and I intend on making this a top priority. Roads: The recent approval of the transportation bond and its 8 million intended for rural roads, needs a fiscal conservative approach to get the most out of our investment. These funds must be used in the rural areas and not transferred at later times to help cover the cost of other projects.

2: LACA is a leader at Lake Anna in developing a plan to combat Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB). LACA volunteers contribute hundreds of hours annually conducting expanded water quality testing. For many years, Spotsylvania County has provided an annual $7000 grant to LACA to help offset the cost of equipment, DEQ certified testing services and supplies. The costs of this program is rising substantially due to higher equipment replacement cost, higher lab costs and increased testing for HAB problems. LACA has requested an increase to $10,000 in our grant request from Spotsylvania County for the upcoming fiscal year and will likely need to request more in future years. Will you support the water quality efforts conducted by LACA and help to ensure the county is committed to funding our efforts?

I certainly would support the water quality efforts conducted by LACA. I would support the increase as well. I have witnessed first-hand the issue with HAB while my family and I are out on the lake. The no swim advisories tend to come sooner and last longer in recent years. Environmental issues, health and safety as well as tax revenues are all affected by this problem. I commend LACA for being on the frontline of this issue and would hope the county would stand behind those looking to remedy the issue.

3: HABs at Lake Anna are detrimental to tourism, property values and the health of your future constituents. At the state level, Virginia lacks funding for staff and programs dedicated to a freshwater HAB strategy, treatment and prevention. How will you work within our county, with Louisa and Orange County government officials and our elected officials in the General Assembly and Congress to help bring attention to this problem? Will you strongly support making this matter a high legislative priority of the County?

I certainly would. My approach would be to work with Louisa and Orange and come to an agreement or approach on how we could take this to the next level. The three localities around the lake must find common ground and work together. Using my relationships with delegates like Scott, Orrock, State Senators Reeves and Stuart along with others to push this issue forward at the state level. I would push to make this a legislative priority.

4: It is clear that HABs are caused by excessive nutrients entering the Lake Anna watershed. LACA is focused on reducing nutrients entering the watershed. There are septic systems that have not been maintained and inspected in many years. Septic system pump out and inspection is required by the Chesapeake Bay Act at least once every five years. Do you support having the County ensure that County residents meet the septic pump out and/or inspection requirements set forth in County Ordinance 6A-10(B)(1)?

I certainly support the Chesapeake Bay Act if followed by all jurisdictions. County staff are stretched thin with the increased development and growth of our county. This is another reason growth has to be given a conservative approach to ensure staff and services are not stressed beyond their limits. 

5: Lake Anna is exploding in popularity. There are several developments being considered at the lake. What is your position on future development at Lake Anna and how it relates to the county’s long-term comprehensive plan? What traits will you look for in your planning commissioner appointment?

As serving planning commissioner, I worked diligently to adjust the Comprehensive plan for a more open space approach to the Lake Anna area. Protecting the resources of our County and rural small town feel is a priority. We will grow organically due to our location, we must approach this growth in a conservative manner to not lose the true nature of our community.

6: Specifically, an overwhelming majority of LACA members have voiced adamant opposition to the Four Seasons' RV Resort that is being proposed on an environmentally fragile location on upper Pamunkey Creek. Will you oppose and advocate to your other supervisors to stop this development and why or why not?

As planning commissioner representing the residence of Livingston I have opposed this special use permit. Through many unanswered questions from the developer, location (land and water) and infrastructure, this development does not meet the needs or wants of the taxpayers.

7: There has been a significant increase in short term rentals around Lake Anna through sites such as Airbnb, Vacasa, VRBO and others. Recently the county board of supervisors agreed to a registry of short-term rentals in the county. Would you support expanding this requirement and providing funding so that short term rentals were inspected each year to ensure proper adherence to fire safety (working smoke detectors and egress to all bedrooms)? Would you also support limiting the number of guests in a short-term rental to the septic system’s capacity?

I would support proper adherence to safety, health and environmental matters the community has deemed lawful when it comes to the use of properties while not hindering property rights of owners. Increased development has left county staff overextended and the residence of our area underserved. Bringing a conservative approach to development countywide will ensure the current tax base is protected and adherence to current ordinances are met. I would have to research more before I could further comment.

8: Would you like to share any message or your vision for the county with our members?

As a lifelong resident and generational member of our community I have seen growth from Route 3 to Lake Anna and all between. This community and those involved have afforded me the greatest opportunities and investment anyone could ask for. From weekends on the Lake to weekdays working on the farm, I wish to do my part to give my children the community I was blessed to be raised in.

Raymond A. Bell Jr.


(540) 834-7444

pasbell1@outlook.com

voteraymondbell.com


1: The residents and property owners of Spotsylvania County at Lake Anna pay county taxes, both real estate and personal property taxes. The typical Lake Anna resident consumes very few county provided services compared to those living in more populated areas. Per capita, there are few school age children burdening the schools, no available water and sewer infrastructure and spotty broadband at best. What will you try to accomplish as a supervisor to help your constituents at Lake Anna?


One of the simplest ways to ease the residential tax burden is to have a thriving business and tourism revenue stream. We are sliding in the wrong direction currently and as the poorly planned growth from the past boards has finally come to construction; we’re seeing an increase in taxes across the board to pay for what the newcomers use. If we had more local medium-large employers, and our retail and tourism sectors had more customers from outside our area, then the income from ‘other people’s money’ would supplement our expenses. Also, the tax burden of Spotsy residents could be shared by the many renters, especially the daily/weekly guests via use fees (pay as you go) as they use more amenities and roads than a year-round resident does.


Bringing fiber optic when practical, and/or 5G wireless to the rural areas of the county needs to be done as connectivity is much more of a utility and daily need compared to when it was for entertainment. I will push to provide individual homes with a cost-effective and reliable solution for high-speed Internet. Some of this has already begun but we are a long way from a redundant mesh network of coverage. This is one of my top priorities.

2: LACA is a leader at Lake Anna in developing a plan to combat Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB). LACA volunteers contribute hundreds of hours annually conducting expanded water quality testing. For many years, Spotsylvania County has provided an annual $7000 grant to LACA to help offset the cost of equipment, DEQ certified testing services and supplies. The costs of this program is rising substantially due to higher equipment replacement cost, higher lab costs and increased testing for HAB problems. LACA has requested an increase to $10,000 in our grant request from Spotsylvania County for the upcoming fiscal year and will likely need to request more in future years. Will you support the water quality efforts conducted by LACA and help to ensure the county is committed to funding our efforts?

Yes I would support the effort for more funding. This is a very low-cost/high-return effort. We must also have a regular public awareness effort by the county Public Information Officer, and departments related to the solution. The problem needs to be brought to the forefront especially since tourism income is affected by poor water conditions as mentioned above. The HAB costs everyone money and indirectly affects everyone’s quality of life. This is a county and region problem and not just a Lake Anna problem.

3: HABs at Lake Anna are detrimental to tourism, property values and the health of your future constituents. At the state level, Virginia lacks funding for staff and programs dedicated to a freshwater HAB strategy, treatment and prevention. How will you work within our county, with Louisa and Orange County government officials and our elected officials in the General Assembly and Congress to help bring attention to this problem? Will you strongly support making this matter a high legislative priority of the County?

The HAB problem will generally require a three-fold approach: #1 is the science; I would push to include the universities to assist with this problem by applying the latest lab studies and solutions known to combat algae problems elsewhere in concert with the VDH to implement them. Also, I would make sure to amplify the great work and research already underway by the LAAC and rekindle the Science Subcommittee to function as originally stated it would, to receive and recommend technical solutions to the LAAC which reports to the Board of Supervisors with options to vote on and fund. #2 is public awareness; I would spearhead a public awareness campaign to make all residents of Spotsylvania aware of the problem. There are many things they can do to help mitigate the issue themselves by becoming better educated on the issue and what contributes to the issue such as lawn clippings, nitrogen runoff, septic field maintenance and where it is safe to enter the water on heavy bloom weeks. #3 is funding the solution, I will seek funding from the federal and state along with public funding from our citizens via public events to help with the awareness. I have an excellent relationship with regional leadership and the Chamber of Commerce which gives a voice to the issue to create the team-approach to solving it. Using my decades of management and leadership experience, in summary, I will bring stakeholders together to effect a tangible result.

4: It is clear that HABs are caused by excessive nutrients entering the Lake Anna watershed. LACA is focused on reducing nutrients entering the watershed. There are septic systems that have not been maintained and inspected in many years. Septic system pump out and inspection is required by the Chesapeake Bay Act at least once every five years. Do you support having the County ensure that County residents meet the septic pump out and/or inspection requirements set forth in County Ordinance 6A-10(B)(1)?

Yes. The present laws that are in place need to be enforced if this problem is ever going to be combated. Sanitation is a public health issue. I would support the enforcement of the present laws on the books, and since many of them were written long before we had the volume of lots and by-right family subdivisions. I will ask for a review of the standards to make sure they are in conformance but also ensure they make sense given the current volume of absorption versus runoff. I tread carefully when it comes to people’s property rights and would prefer to have rules that are common sense to follow rather than excuses for government overreach and intrusion. However, the whole point of these rules is to keep everyone safe and healthy, so we must all comply with the minimum standards and enforce them with the willful violators.

5: Lake Anna is exploding in popularity. There are several developments being considered at the lake. What is your position on future development at Lake Anna and how it relates to the county’s long-term comprehensive plan? What traits will you look for in your planning commissioner appointment?

As a citizen of the Livingston district, I am deeply concerned about the impact of the future growth. I am presently on the Planning Commission and know firsthand how our recommendations affect a supervisor’s final decision and ultimate authority on the decision to grow or not. Our county’s comprehensive and strategic plans were stripped to the legal bare minimum a few years ago by the same board members who approved unprecedented numbers of new apartments and homes in the county with little to no proffers or cash. I would expect anyone who wishes to serve as my PC to adhere to spirit of the comprehensive plan, look at all the impacts of a growth vote (traffic, schools, water, social services, ambulance calls, etc.), and do what he or she can to convey the issues with the applicants before they are presented. Most importantly, the person must be willing to make the tough and sometimes unpopular calls in the presence of a vocal group who may not represent the majority of the citizens or the best interests of the county at large. I am endorsed by several current and past planning commissioners and would make sure to choose my replacement carefully knowing who they will need to serve with, and also choose someone who will work completely independent from myself and form his/her own conclusions to make an honest and ethical recommendation whether or not I may agree with it later. I am in favor of keeping Livingston as rural and peaceful as possible to protect the investments and tranquility of the people who are already here. Some growth is simply inevitable. I’d like to see it slow and long term so we don’t end up like the rest of the county.

6: Specifically, an overwhelming majority of LACA members have voiced adamant opposition to the Four Seasons' RV Resort that is being proposed on an environmentally fragile location on upper Pamunkey Creek. Will you oppose and advocate to your other supervisors to stop this development and why or why not?

As I've stated earlier my firm commitment is to protect the environment of the Livingston district. I have carefully listened and learned what all sides have to say on the project and have not seen a proposal that I could support at this time. I would bring my fellow board members up to speed on the pros and cons of any Livingston project and advocate according to the will of the citizens. I wish to serve the will of the people as their voice and representative.

7: There has been a significant increase in short term rentals around Lake Anna through sites such as Airbnb, Vacasa, VRBO and others. Recently the county board of supervisors agreed to a registry of short-term rentals in the county. Would you support expanding this requirement and providing funding so that short term rentals were inspected each year to ensure proper adherence to fire safety (working smoke detectors and egress to all bedrooms)? Would you also support limiting the number of guests in a short-term rental to the septic system’s capacity?

Before I would encourage any increase in the county budget I would like to sit down and speak to all concern about the rental issue and see if there's a less intrusive way to ensure rental standards as opposed to creating a new bureaucracy in our county to combat this problem. We have seen what a fiasco the landfill use car sticker “solution” has caused already as it was poorly conceived, undefined, and had no plan for enforcement or funding. Yes, I would absolutely support any home being held to the capacity of its ability to process waste as that is a public health issue. If a home was used exclusively as a rental and had very high turnover, then it is essentially a motel and should have regular safety inspections, ADA access, proper lighting and access in the dark, as one guest/family would have no assurances of what the last guest did to the safety equipment and this land is now being used in a different manner than intended by strangers who aren’t familiar with a home’s unique features. If that commercial-type use is incompatible with its neighbors’ rights to enjoy their own land, then new regulations will need to be created. I would prefer to see this handled at an HOA-level if possible, again to minimize government intrusion and added bureaucracy into our lives.

8: Would you like to share any message or your vision for the county with our members?

I believe Livingston needs a leader with a servant’s heart—not a political agenda—and someone with a viable plan to get us where we want to go. I am a Conservative-Independent in approaching spending your tax money and decision-making. I know that we are all in this together as a community. So decisions about roads, schools, tourism, water, traffic, new houses, taxes, and emergency services should never be used as political ammunition against each other. Yet, nearly every vote in the past few years has happened in a hostile manner. Local governing should not be like this. We are losing good employers to surrounding counties, losing good teachers and faculty, and are scaring away countless economic development opportunities with all this negative attention and behavior. This behavior must stop if we want to balance our private tax bills and public services to be shared with our corporate tax revenue and tourism income. When we run the government poorly, the residential taxes are the first to feel the burn, which means your family and mine pay more. This behavior reduces our quality of life at every level, and it does not have to. Our county can do better when we have the best in leadership.

It takes a community to serve a community. We need a new plan and to have a better relationship between the public and its representatives, boards and commissions, and I do. I am your best choice for funding a needs-based budget for school activities, educational opportunities, competitive staff salaries that retain the best, and Career & Technical Education expansion for those seeking non-four-year degrees. It is not an ‘expense’ to us taxpayers to fully support our schools. It is an investment that pays us cash dividends and long-term savings when our graduates stay locally and earn good wages.

Regarding rising property taxes, a better way to succeed than simply raising taxes every year or cutting services. Is to invest in more tourism and economic development tools that will attract new businesses to create local jobs and pay additional taxes. We must end the grow-first and tax-more-later cycle that we have now. My transportation plan focuses on rural road safety first, congestion relief at major intersections second, and capacity expansions third.

Having a good understanding of the many organizations and steps that need to be taken to build a road, for example, is a must. This job is not about popularity or personality; it’s about qualifications and who can manage service to the voters and residents. I have been involved in the advisory committees for decades and have relationships with the people who get the job done.

I thank you for taking the time to make an informed choice about your next county supervisor. I hope you find my answers have earned your family’s support in this election. Please reach out to me by phone or text to have a conversation if you have additional questions. I enjoy speaking with my neighbors and serving them, and hope that you will cast a vote for Raymond Bell on or before February 15, 2022. 

Justin C. Carlisle


(434) 327-3948

Carlisleiii18@gmail.com


1: The residents and property owners of Spotsylvania County at Lake Anna pay county taxes, both real estate and personal property taxes. The typical Lake Anna resident consumes very few county provided services compared to those living in more populated areas. Per capita, there are few school age children burdening the schools, no available water and sewer infrastructure and spotty broadband at best. What will you try to accomplish as a supervisor to help your constituents at Lake Anna?

My plan is to open lines of communications with broadband companies in order to get fiber internet to the rural areas, including Lake Anna. There are a lot of rural roads in our district that need attention. I will work hand in hand with our VDOT rep to ensure that our roads remain safe to travel on. As far as the water and sewer, just like me, I chose to purchase a house on well and septic. I do not see a feasible way to get public water and sewer in that section of the district. But if there was a viable option, I would welcome recommendations and be a trusted voice for the people of Livingston.

2: LACA is a leader at Lake Anna in developing a plan to combat Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB). LACA volunteers contribute hundreds of hours annually conducting expanded water quality testing. For many years, Spotsylvania County has provided an annual $7000 grant to LACA to help offset the cost of equipment, DEQ certified testing services and supplies. The costs of this program is rising substantially due to higher equipment replacement cost, higher lab costs and increased testing for HAB problems. LACA has requested an increase to $10,000 in our grant request from Spotsylvania County for the upcoming fiscal year and will likely need to request more in future years. Will you support the water quality efforts conducted by LACA and help to ensure the county is committed to funding our efforts?

I will support and fight for fixing the HAB problems at the lake. I will support it within our county and reach out across county lines to Orange and Louisa County supervisors to work together to solve/curb the problem.

3: HABs at Lake Anna are detrimental to tourism, property values and the health of your future constituents. At the state level, Virginia lacks funding for staff and programs dedicated to a freshwater HAB strategy, treatment and prevention. How will you work within our county, with Louisa and Orange County government officials and our elected officials in the General Assembly and Congress to help bring attention to this problem? Will you strongly support making this matter a high legislative priority of the County?

This is a high priority to me and will be. Lake Anna is a tremendous resource for Spotsylvania County.  Communication is key.  Open lines of communication are a necessity when working with other counties. All parties need to be receptive and open to new ideas and solutions. I will be in communication with the GA and Congress to see what help can be offered from the state and what resources they may be able to bring to the table. Yes, I do. I will support a registry. I will work with the other supervisors in our county and the appropriate offices to ensure that we, as a community are doing the right thing to help be a part of the solution and not add to the problem.

4: It is clear that HABs are caused by excessive nutrients entering the Lake Anna watershed. LACA is focused on reducing nutrients entering the watershed. There are septic systems that have not been maintained and inspected in many years. Septic system pump out and inspection is required by the Chesapeake Bay Act at least once every five years. Do you support having the County ensure that County residents meet the septic pump out and/or inspection requirements set forth in County Ordinance 6A-10(B)(1)?

Yes, I do. I will support a registry. I will work with the other supervisors in our county and the appropriate offices to ensure that we, as a community are doing the right thing to help be a part of the solution and not add to the problem.

5: Lake Anna is exploding in popularity. There are several developments being considered at the lake. What is your position on future development at Lake Anna and how it relates to the county’s long-term comprehensive plan? What traits will you look for in your planning commissioner appointment?

The development must make sense. It must pass the common sense test, if you will. We need to ensure that the proper infrastructure is in place to accommodate added development. My planning commission appointee will have experience in land development, understand the permitting and development process, and be well versed in dealing with issues that may arise.

6: Specifically, an overwhelming majority of LACA members have voiced adamant opposition to the Four Season' RV Resort that is being proposed on an environmentally fragile location on upper Pamunkey Creek. Will you oppose and advocate to your other supervisors to stop this development and why or why not?

I am not for the proposed RV Resort. I do not believe that the goods outweigh the bad. I do not believe that we have the proper road infrastructure in that area to accommodate this resort. The waste from the campsites and from pets that families would bring along would likely add to the HAB problem. Not help it. (Just a couple examples)

7: There has been a significant increase in short term rentals around Lake Anna through sites such as Airbnb, Vacasa, VRBO and others. Recently the county board of supervisors agreed to a registry of short-term rentals in the county. Would you support expanding this requirement and providing funding so that short term rentals were inspected each year to ensure proper adherence to fire safety (working smoke detectors and egress to all bedrooms)? Would you also support limiting the number of guests in a short-term rental to the septic system’s capacity?

I deal with this daily with my home inspection business. I look at every house as if I was putting my wife and kids in it. I would support having and helping secure funding so that the short term rentals are inspected to ensure that they meet proper fire egress requirements and do not have bedrooms in rooms of houses with no egress. I would 100% support limiting the number of guests in the short-term rentals to what the house originally perked for. Again, by overloading the septic systems, you’re adding to the HAB problem, not helping it.

8: Would you like to share any message or your vision for the county with our members?

I’m a small business owner, I am heavily involved in the community, primarily with sports. I and married with three kids. My oldest is in the Air Force, my Middle is a senior at Chancellor High School and my youngest is in the 5th grade. I believe strongly in open communication and dialog. Accountability, Communication and the willingness to Compromise need to be in every elected official’s vocabulary. And backed up by their actions. I drive through Lake Anna daily. I will always return calls and emails and I will always have an open ear and be a proactive voice for the citizens of the Livingston district.

I served 8 years in the U.S Army and was medically retired in 2006 at the rank of SSG. (E-6) I have real world leadership experience and I am very good at solving problems and coming up with solutions and ideas for solutions. Again, dialog needs to be opened in order for solutions to come to fruition. I have no problems or issues listening to someone who knows more than me on a subject I may not be well versed on and I have no issue asking for opinions or help. If I don’t know an answer to a question, I will research and find the answer and get back to you. Communication is a big thing for me.

I appreciate your time and look forward to meeting you all in February.

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