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A longtime fiscal conservative who calls himself a “York County government watchdog” will challenge a Republican for the District 4 seat on the Board of Supervisors.
Robert Holloway announced this week he is running as an Independent in the Nov. 3 General Election for the district that represents Grafton, Dare and Harwood’s Mill.
He will go up against local CEO Jeff Wassmer, who announced his bid to run as a Republican for current supervisor George Hrichak’s seat in February.
Hrichak, who has since endorsed Wassmer, announced he would not be seeking a third term in office.
Holloway, a Poquoson native who moved to York County 30 years ago, said in a news release he wants to push for open government, “common sense” use of tax dollars and year-round cooperation with York County School Board members.
Holloway began perusing York County government records in 2007, finding information on the locality’s finances and business practices he believes the public should know about.
He pointed to several “examples of wasteful spending of public tax dollars” he said he discovered through Freedom of Information Act requests to the county over the last few years, including what he characterized as hidden travel expenses, illegal private meetings between public officials and improper use of School Board vehicles.
Holloway, who worked as a police officer for the city of Hampton, a deputy for the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office and a contractor in the marine construction industry, has maintained a blog on county spending since 2008.
“Citizens deserve to see where their taxes are going,” he said, adding he believes “good government is an open book.”
A June 2 campaign-related entry on his blog said his campaign would not entail “dumb campaign promises,” “endorsements from political big shots” or “requests for campaign contributions.”
“I have chosen to self-finance my campaign. I don’t want to be beholden to anyone who may want to influence my vote if I am elected York County Supervisor for District 4,” he said in the post.
“This is my lifetime home and its future is very important to me,” he said of York County. “If you want a Supervisor who is one of you and will listen to your concerns, please come out on November 3 and vote for me.”