Tag: kurt michael

Pyles wins fifth term on BOS, but quartet falls short with loss in Wayne race

An effort by a group that ran on a platform raising issue with the handling of the 2009 Augusta County reassessment fell just short of taking a majority on the county Board of Supervisors. Pastures District incumbent Tracy Pyles won a fifth term in Tuesday’s elections, and was joined by ticketmates Marshall Pattie in the […]


Chris Graham: The County Quartet

Tracy Pyles is frequently criticized for not being able to play well with others. That’s a fair observation. Also fair would be the observation that Pyles thinks the current majority on the Augusta County Board of Supervisors is taking the county in the wrong direction, and playing nice isn’t going to get things moving in […]


Chris Graham: A new order in the offing in Augusta?

A changing of the guard is in order in Augusta County, where the incumbents on the Board of Supervisors have been dropping like flies of late. At last count, four of the seven-member board have announced that they won’t be running for re-election, with Board Chair Jeremy Shifflett and Pastures Supervisor Tracy Pyles confirmed to […]


Candidates forum set for June 15

The first in an advertised series of town-hall meetings featuring four candidates for seats on the Augusta County Board of Supervisors is set for Wednesday, June 15, at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona. Incumbent Pastures District Supervisor Tracy Pyles will be joined by Beverley Manor candidate David Karaffa, North River candidate Marshall Pattie […]


Former GOP leader throws hat into ring for supervisor seat

Former Augusta County Republican Party chair Kurt Michael will announce his candidacy for the Wayne District seat on the Augusta County Board of Supervisors on Saturday. Michael, 47, of Fishersville, is currently a teacher at the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School. He and his wife, Pamela, and two children have lived in Augusta County since 2001. […]


Michael departure bad news for GOP, good news for Dems

The Local Beat column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The Republican Party is going to miss Kurt Michael – big time. Michael affirmed in a blog posting at sixtyfour81.com on Tuesday that he will step down from the position of chair of the GOP committee in Augusta County as he had promised back in April. He […]


Has the local GOP passed its moderate wing by?

The Politics Beat column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net One guy gets more votes, the other guy has friends in high places, and you can guess who wins. I could be talking about George Bush, Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000, but I’m not. I’m talking about the Augusta County Republican Committee, which elected Larry […]


It ain’t about me, it’s about us

The Politics Beat column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Republicans were doing just fine before Kurt Michael took over as the chair of the Augusta County GOP. They will likely do just fine after Michael gives up the chairmanship. I mean, this is a county that gave Bob Dole 60 percent of the vote in the 1996 […]


Michael a positive force in Augusta GOP

Op-Ed by Joyce Sikes I have been associated with the Augusta County Republican Committee since the early ’90s. I can remember when only a handful of people would come for the monthly meetings, there would usually be no agenda, no activity and little money. Of course with an organization being so passive with inactivity, and […]


Michael calls meeting

Item by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Just who is the elected leader of the Augusta County Republican Committee is still up in the air – officially, anyway. But the man who was defeated in his bid for re-election is moving on as if he won a mandate at the disputed April 10 mass meeting.


Michael challenges GOP chair vote

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Two chairs, one chair, no chair. The Augusta County Republican Committee is split asunder after a mass meeting Thursday night that saw the defeat of long-time chairman Kurt Michael, then featured an interesting power play by Michael that resulted in a second vote that has Michael claiming to have been […]


Support Michael for re-election as Augusta GOP chair

Op-Ed by Bill Mitchell Kurt Michael, the gentleman Sen. Emmett Hanger recently called a “bully” and “divisive,” is anything but that. He is a Christian gentleman who conducts himself above reproach.