GOP incumbents win Frederick board seats

Posted: November 6, 2013

The Winchester Star

Gene Fisher
Chuck DeHaven
Chris Collins
Bob Hess
BobWells

WINCHESTER — Five incumbent Republican candidates for the Frederick County Board of Supervisors cruised to re-election Tuesday in uncontested races.

They are:

Gene E. Fisher, 67, who has represented the Shawnee Magisterial District on the board since being appointed in October 2004. Fisher retired as the director of the Shenandoah University Physical Plant this year. He received 2,901 votes.

Charles S. “Chuck” DeHaven Jr., 61, who has represented Stonewall Magisterial District since Jan. 1, 2006. He is the vice president of DeHaven Nursery Inc. DeHaven received 2,408 votes.

Christopher E. “Chris” Collins, 42, who has been on the board since Jan. 1, 2010. He represents Red Bud Magisterial District and is an attorney with Inger & Collins. He received 2,536 votes.

Robert A. “Bob” Hess, 70, was appointed to the board in February following the resignation of former Gainesboro Magisterial District Supervisor Ross Spicer, who was appointed commonwealth’s attorney. Hess will serve the remainder of Spicer’s term, which runs through 2015.

Hess, now retired, is the former president and chief executive officer of the Washington-based Congressional Federal Credit Union. He received 3,093 votes.

Robert W. “Bob” Wells, 68, who was appointed to the Opequon Magisterial District seat in July following the resignation of former supervisor Bill Ewing. Wells will serve the remainder of Ewing’s term, which runs through 2015. He owns Elite Insulation, which he operates with his sons. Wells received 2,680 votes.

Two seats on the board — those held by Chairman Richard C. Shickle (at-large) and Gary Lofton (Back Creek Magisterial District) — were not up for election this year.

Supervisors receive a $9,000 annual salary, and the vice-chairman, currently DeHaven, receives a $10,200 salary. As chairman, Shickle is paid $10,800.

New terms for DeHaven, Fisher and Collins will begin on Jan. 1 and continue through 2017.

— Contact Matt Armstrong atmarmstrong@winchesterstar.com