Police group announces its candidate  endorsements

Posted: September 26, 2013

The Winchester Star

Sean McGowan (center), executive director of Virginia Police Benevolent Association Inc., introduces political candidates endorsed by association’s Northern Chapter Wednesday at the Frederick County Public Safety Building. The candidates are (from left) Randy Minchew, Republican candidate for 10th District delegate; Ross Spicer, Republican candidate for Frederick County commonwealth’s attorney; Mary Costello Daniel, Democratic candidate for 33rd District delegate; and Leonard Bauserman, Democratic candidate for Winchester city sheriff. At right is Joseph Woloszyn, division president of the Fairfax County Chapter of the Benevolent Association. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — The Northern Chapter of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association (PBA) on Wednesday announced its endorsements for local- and state-level candidates for the Nov. 5 election.

Sean McGowan, executive director of the organization, made the announcement alongside many of the candidates at a press conference at the Frederick County Public Safety Center, 1080 Coverstone Drive.

Among the group’s choices were Democrats Mary Daniel for 33rd District House of Delegates and Leonard Bauserman for Winchester City Sheriff and Republican Ross Spicer for Frederick County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

On Sept. 20, the group held a political screening in which candidates were invited to participate.

“Law enforcement professionals from local and state jurisdictions interviewed the candidates who attended the function,” McGowan said.

The Northern Chapter PBA has 144 members from agencies including the Clarke and Frederick county sheriff’s offices and Winchester, Middletown and Berryville police departments.

The nonprofit organization is dedicated to improving the law enforcement profession and provides support for law enforcement officers through legal, disciplinary and legislative representation.

McGowan said the PBA board based its endorsements on candidates’ responses to questions about state and local political issues dealing with the law enforcement profession.

“The endorsement is particularly important to me, and one that I hold dear to my heart,” Spicer said.

The 47-year-old — who is running unopposed — thanked the PBA for the endorsement and said he hoped to serve in a manner that deserves the interests of law enforcement and the citizens of Frederick County.

Bauserman, 50 — who is running against Republican Leslie Taylor — also thanked the organization for his endorsement.

He said the process was professional and very well organized, and “definitely not partisan.”

“I am supremely honored to be recognized by them, endorsed by them,” he said. “I can’t thank you enough.”

Bauserman added that he looks forward to sharing his 22 years of experience if elected and that he hoped to work toward moving the Winchester Sheriff’s Office forward.

Daniel, 45 — who is running against Republican Dave LaRock and Libertarian Patrick Hagerty — said that she has worked in two commonwealth’s attorney’s offices and that she hopes to make sure that law enforcement has the equipment and training they need to do well.

“I look forward to advocating on behalf of our law enforcement agencies in Virginia who have done such a fine job of taking care of the rest of us,” she said.

Other endorsements the organization made were Republican Randy Minchew for 10th District House of Representatives (running against Democrat Monte Johnson), Todd Gilbert for 15th District House of Representatives, Ken Cuccinelli for governor, E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor and Mark Herring for attorney general.

“It is with great pride that we make these endorsements and we look forward to working with these elected officials in the future to promote and enhance the law enforcement profession,” McGowan said.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com