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November 28, 2018

Commissioner “undecided” about re-election campaign

Fauquier constitutional officers (clockwise from top left): Commissioner of Revenue Ross D’Urso, Commonwealth’s Attorney James Fisher, Sheriff Robert Mosier and Treasurer Tanya Wilcox.
2019 County Election
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• School board

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• Commissioner of revenue

• Commonwealth’s attorney

• Sheriff

• Treasurer

• Virginia House of Delegates

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Fauquier County’s longest-serving elected official remains noncommittal about whether he’ll seek another four-year term in 2019.

“I’m officially undecided,” Commissioner of Revenue Ross D’Urso said last week. “We’ll make some sort of decision in January.”

Mr. D’Urso, 64, has served as the commissioner since 1995, after working as deputy five years before that. His office, with a staff of 22 and a $1.5-million budget, maintains tax assessment records and provides a range of financial services, including revenue forecasting, to county government.

Since his appointment, Mr. D’Urso has won election six times.

Meanwhile, Commonwealth’s Attorney James P. Fisher, Sheriff Robert Mosier and Treasurer Tanya Wilcox plan to run again for four-year terms in the November election.

The county’s other constitutional officer, Clerk of the Court Gail Barb won an eight-year term in November 2014. That office will appear on the ballot in 2023.

Republicans hold all five constitutional offices in Fauquier. Those positions have their origins in Virginia’s first constitution, adopted in 1776.

Commonwealth’s attorney

Mr. Fisher, 56, will seek his third term as Fauquier’s chief prosecutor, overseeing a staff of 16 and a $1.48-million annual budget.

He wants “to continue the service we’ve been delivering and provide a high level of justice,” Mr. Fisher said.

The 20th Circuit judges appointed him in June 2011 to succeed Commonwealth’s Attorney Jonathan Lynn, whom the General Assembly elected to the juvenile and domestic relations court bench. Mr. Fisher won election that November and re-election in 2015 — both times without opposition.

Next year, he will have a challenger for the Republican nomination, Christopher B. Morehouse, who works as an assistant prosecutor in Culpeper. The Fauquier County Republican Committee in the spring will decide how to select its nominees for the November 2019 ballot.

As highlights of his current term, Mr. Fisher listed convictions in the 1981 murder of Brad Baker near The Plains, of Judy Deal for murdering husband near Orlean in 2011, of a former Marine for a brutal rape in 2007 near Catlett, of Bernard Duse for the execution of Warrenton’s CVS manager in 2017 and of a drowsy driver for the January traffic accident that killed Katy Krista, a local veterinarian.

Mr. Fisher previously worked 10 years in private practice and 20 years as an assistant prosecutor in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.


Mr. Mosier, 55, defeated incumbent Sheriff Charlie Ray Fox Jr. (D) and independent challenger Chris DeCarlo in the 2015 election.

The sheriff oversees 181 employees and a budget of $19.6 million. The office’s responsibilities include routine patrol coverage of the county, criminal investigations, crime prevention assistance, court security, legal document service and jail operations.

“There’s still a lot to do,” the sheriff said of his plan to seek re-election. “We hit our benchmarks of the 100-plan and (state) accreditation” this year for the first time in the office’s history.

Improving school security, internal leadership development, drug abuse eradication and traffic safety rank among his goals, the sheriff added.

A former Manassas Park policeman and Fauquier sheriff’s deputy, Mr. Mosier worked overseas for contractors and the State Department before running for office four years ago.

He will face challenger Chris Cochrane, Highland School’s security director and a retired Fairfax County police officer, for the Republican nomination next year.


“We work very hard to assist taxpayers wherever we can,” Ms. Wilcox, 53, said of her job. “I just enjoy all aspects of it — the people, the politics, all the (county) departments.”

Appointed in 2013, Ms. Wilcox won a special election later that year and her first four-year term in 2015 — both times without opposition. She had worked nine years as the deputy treasurer. Her office has a budget of $1.3 million and staff of 15, responsible for collecting and managing county funds, primarily tax revenue.

Contact Lou Emerson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-1845.

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