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February 18, 2019

Eric Maybach announces candidacy for commissioner

Photo/Don Del Rosso
Warrenton native Eric Maybach wants to succeed veteran Commissioner of Revenue Ross D’Urso, who will retire at year’s end.
I want to give and get back into the county. And this is an opportunity I see to do that.
— Eric Maybach
Eric Jon Maybach
• Age: 41

• Home: Warrenton

• Office sought: Fauquier County Commissioner of Revenue.

• Party: Republican.

• Work: Regional business center manager, Greenville, N.C.-based Regional Acceptance Corp., February 2018-present.

• Experience: Regional sales/credit manager, Anaheim, Calif.-based Gateway One Lending & Financing, 2011-2018; area sales manager, Draper, Utah-based Prestige Financial, January 2011-November 2011; area sales manager, McLean-based, Capitol One, 2008-10; sales/credit manager, Foot Hills Ranch, Calif.-based Onyx Acceptance, 2004-08.

• Education: West Virginia University, 1995-98; Fauquier High School, 1995.

• Family:
 Wife, Melea; children, Ava, 3, Amelia, 2; and Anna 2 months.

• Hobbies:
 Hunting, cooking, gardening and maintaining beehives.
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The Warrenton native wasted little time in deciding to run for the Fauquier County commissioner of revenue seat.

Ross D’Urso (R) on Feb. 5 announced he will retire at year’s end.

Four days later, Eric Maybach concluded that he would seek the Republican nomination to succeed Mr. D’Urso, whose retirement will take effect Dec. 31 after serving six, four-year terms in office

The veteran commissioner has held the job since 1995. Mr. D’Urso, 64, worked as deputy five years before that. 

“I have been born and raised in this county,” Mr. Maybach, 41, said of his reasons for seeking the office. “I want to give and get back into the county. And, this is an opportunity I see to do that.”

He and his wife Melea, 33, have three daughters ages 2 months to 3 years old.

Mr. Maybach, who formally declared his candidacy for the seat Monday, works as a regional business center manager in Herndon for Regional Acceptance Corp., a Greenville, N.C.-based company that provides automobile loans through dealerships.

His candidacy will give Republicans a choice in the party’s June 11 primary.

Carl Wiberg, 56, a real estate appraiser with the Loudoun County commissioner of revenue’s office, declared for the seat at the Feb. 5 Republican committee meeting.

Mr. Wiberg, who lives several miles west of Opal, has served as real estate appraiser with the Loudoun commissioner’s office for the last five years. Before that, he did appraisals for Danville-based Wampler Eanes Group from 2008 to 2013.

Mr. Maybach brings no such experience to the commissioner’s job, which doesn’t seem to concern him.

His determination to master the commissioner’s job, supervisory and technology skills and a vigorous work ethic make him a strong candidate for GOP nomination and the job, Mr. Maybach said.

So far only he and Mr. Wiberg — both first-time candidates — have announced for the open seat. The general election will take place Nov. 5.

“Anybody can learn a job if they’re dedicated and they want to do a good job,” Mr. Maybach said.

With a staff of 22 and a $1.5-million budget, the Fauquier commissioner of revenue’s office maintains tax assessment records and provides a range of financial services, including revenue forecasting, to county government.

Today, he supervises three people who provide indirect financing to new and used vehicle purchasers though automobile dealerships and soon will add a fourth member to his “team,” Mr. Maybach said.

His Regional Acceptance Corp. duties also require him to meet a multimillion-dollar-per-month sales revenue target, hire and train employees and oversee loan processing.

As a sales manager for Anaheim, Calif.-based Gateway One Lending & Financing from 2011 to 2018, Mr. Maybach supervised a dozen employees who did the same work.

From 2002 to 2004, he managed Nerve, a Blacksburg-based restaurant, which employed 87 at the time.

“I think the biggest key to being a leader is to listen and to have open communication,” he said. “Understand that some changes might be made, but you do so with open communication and forethought, before you make changes or make any kind of rash decisions.

“And that’s something I really do well.”

As commissioner, he would explore ways to make Fauquier more business-friendly and perhaps operate the office more efficiently, Mr. Maybach said.

He would bring an “open mind” and “other avenues” to such tasks, he added.

“That’s something I pride myself on,” Mr. Maybach explained. “I’m an out-of-the-box thinker.”

That doesn’t mean “upsetting the apple cart,” he said. “It just means let’s try to work smarter, not harder.”

Besides his work experience and successful business track record, Mr. Maybach believes his family’s deep roots and involvement in the community will give him an advantage in the Republican primary.

“I think I have a very good chance of getting the nomination,” said the second youngest of seven children. “I know I have enough people that are going to support me. And my family’s going to help me.”

Among other things to get on the primary ballot, the two candidates must obtain the signatures of 125 people registered to vote in Fauquier. Mr. Maybach plans to get 600.

As of Sunday night, he estimated he had collected 225 signatures.

“I want everyone to know who I am,” Mr. Maybach said. “So I’m going everywhere . . . . I’m like a kid in a candy store. I love it.”

Contact Don Del Rosso at or 540-270-0300. 
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Savefauquiercounty2019 · February 18, 2019 at 6:56 pm
Anyone pursuing positions as leaders in Fauquier county need to make our teachers their first priority or tgey need to go take a hike. Teachers have not been treated or paid fairly. When we permit talented people to walk away without taking heed to the detriment of their loss, we all lose.
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