With a three-way race for the 55th District House of Delegates seat in full swing, the Herald-Progress and Friends of Hanover Schools have partnered to help inform local voters heading into November.
Thursday, Oct. 3, all three candidates vying for the 55th District seat will participate in a forum at Patrick Henry High School located at 12449 W. Patrick Henry Road, Ashland, starting at 7 p.m. The 90-minute forum will be moderated by Heather Sullivan, of NBC 12, and will include questions planned in advance, followed by open questions from the audience.
The district in question spans portions of Hanover, Caroline and Spotsylvania counties and is currently represented by outgoing Del. John Cox (R), who announced his intent not to seek re-election earlier this year.
“I hope that the constituents in the 55th district will join us for the candidate forum on Oct. 3. This will give a chance for those in attendance to hear from all three candidates on a variety of issues affecting our district,” said Randy Sherrod, president of Friends of Hanover Schools. “The 55th House District is one steeped in history and this election to fill the open seat is very important. An informed citizenry is vital to democracy and the candidate forum will allow for views of these candidates to be heard. We look forward to seeing you on the 3rd.”
Democratic candidate Toni Radler is the retired director of communications for the Richmond-based Christian Children’s Fund.
Locally, she is active in several organizations including the Hanover Democratic Committee, the Rural Plains Women’s Club and Hanover Habitat for Humanity. She has also served as the president of the Fairboden Civic Association. Radler previously worked as a reporter for The Richmond News Leader, the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star, the Herald-Progress and WRVA Radio, and served as a volunteer consultant for Hanover Safe Place. She has also worked in marketing and media relations for VCU, Virginia Attorney General Marshall Coleman, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Hohner, Inc.
Radler grew up in Ashland, is a graduate of Patrick Henry High School and Mary Washington College. She and her husband lived in the Studley area near Mechanicsville for 30 years before they moved back to Radler’s hometown of Ashland in 2011. She is a member of the Catholic Church of the Redeemer in Mechanicsville. For more information about Radler, click here.
Republican candidate Hyland “Buddy” Fowler has worked as an aid to outgoing Del. Cox for the past four years. Prior to working for Cox, Fowler served as former Del. Frank Hargrove’s aid for nine years. Fowler served as Research Director of the Joint Republican Caucus of the General Assembly from 1995-2005 and co-owned the billing service Doctor Copy Inc. for several years but sold the business when his partner
A Mary Washington graduate, Fowler is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association and belongs to numerous outdoor and wildlife organizations including Ducks Unlimited and the Virginia Bluebird Society.
Locally, Fowler is a 23-year member of the Clay Springs Ruritan Club and has been involved with Boy Scout Troop 700, the Ashland Little League, Hanover Historical Society and Hanover ARC. He is also the Beaverdam District member of the Hanover County Citizens Roads Committee.
Fowler attends Slash Christian Church, where he has served as Diaconate and Chairman of the General Board. For more information about Fowler, click here.
Libertarian candidate Chris Sullivan graduated from Newtown High School in Sandy Hook, Conn. in 1998 and went on to attend Virginia Military
Institute. Upon graduation from VMI in 2002, Sullivan received a commission in the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant. He served for over eight years as an intelligence officer, including three deployments, and separated as a captain in 2011.
Sullivan currently works as a project manager and intelligence analyst for a government contractor in Fredericksburg.
A Beaverdam resident, Sullivan is affiliated with the Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association and the Virginia Citizens Defense League.
For more information about Sullivan, click here.