CLIFTON FORGE — Richard Shull is seeking a second term on the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors.
Shull, a Selma resident, is a candidate for the Clifton Forge West District seat in the Nov. 7 election.
Shull’s district includes the western portion of Clifton Forge and the Selma area of Alleghany County.
A native of Selma, Shull was a member of Alleghany County High School’s first graduating class. He retired from the Clifton Forge Sheriff’s Office in 1999 after 20 years of service. He held the rank of lieutenant in the sheriff’s office.
As he completes his first term in office as a supervisor, Shull says some of the milestones over the past four years include:
— Increased funding for county fire departments and rescue squads.
“I worked with the county administrator to get funding increases for all of Alleghany County’s fire and rescue departments, including Covington, the town of Iron Gate and the town of Clifton Forge for budget year 2016-2017,” he said.
— Raises for all county employees.
“I worked with the board to get raises for 155 full-time employees and 25 permanent part-time employees. This included giving constitutional officers a raise for the first time in recent years. The money was taken from the county’s undesignated fund balance, which eliminated the need for an increase in the real estate tax,” Shull said.
— Funding for New Tech education in Alleghany County Schools.
— “I worked with the board on this year’s budget to give Alleghany High School $50,000 to launch the New Tech Learning program,” he said.
— Increased funding for the Clifton Forge Public Library.
“I worked with every board member to get the Clifton Forge Public Library two funding increases in my four-year term,” he said.
— Support for the Historic Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge.
“I worked with all of the supervisors to continue funding for the Masonic Theatre,” he said.
— Joint economic development and revenue sharing with the city of Covington.
“I voted ‘yes’ to go into partnership with Covington to work with them on economic development as we try to attract businesses to this area,” Shull said.
— Supported the location of a Love’s Travel Center near the county governmental complex in Low Moor.
“I attended every negotiation meeting with the owner of Love’s about placing the travel plaza at Exit 21 of Interstate 64.
“When the travel plaza is completed, it will mean more revenue for the county and also bring the hope of attracting more businesses to Exit 21. When the Virginia Department of Transportation finishes reconstructing Exit 21, the traffic congestion we have been experiencing during school hours will be eliminated,” Shull said.
Shull said a developer involved in the Love’s project mentioned the possibility of two more businesses coming to the Low Moor area after the travel plaza opens. Shull said that if he is re-elected, he will hold follow-up meetings with the developer.
Shull is married to the former Barbara Ann Miller. She is the daughter of the late Bob Miller, who served as an officer with the Clifton Forge Police Department for 33 years.
The Shulls have two sons, Eric, who resides in Craigsville and works for the Augusta Correctional Center; and Richard Allen Shull, who resides in Covington and works for the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office.
Shull is an honorary member of Selma Volunteer Fire Department. As an active member of the department, he held the offices of president and treasurer. In the fire department, he held the rank of lieutenant.
He is an active member of Burnside-Carpenter Post No. 4299 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Clifton Forge. Shull served his country in the U.S. Army for two years and received an honorable discharge.
Shull has also served as a member of the Clifton Forge Armory Committee. As a member of the committee, he has sought to foster cooperation between Clifton Forge Town Council, the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors and the Alleghany County Department of Parks and Recreation.
“I am asking the Clifton Forge West District to go to the polls and vote and support me. A vote for me is continued support for the Alleghany Highlands,” he said.