Category Archives: Caroline County

Delegate Buddy Fowler Wins Big in the 55th

So much for the Richmond Times Dispatch nonsense about the 55th District being embarrassed by Delegate Buddy Fowler’s record. Did those crooked-glasses “Einstein’s” at the Times miss the mark or what? At the end of the day, the race for Delegate came down to the issue of Medicaid Expansion. Virginians simply do not want to bankrupt our State by expanding a program that has been achieving disastrous results across the country. I spoke with Toni Radler at the Madison precinct yesterday and told her that I thought her campaign really helped to make this is a single-issue race. If you are for Medicaid Expansion, you should vote for Radler. If you’re against Medicaid Expansion, you should vote for Buddy Fowler. Cut and dry, black and white, easy enough for everyone to decide who to vote for.

fowlerDelegate Buddy Fowler won reelection overwhelmingly with over 60% of the vote. In Spotsylvania, Buddy won an overwhelming 75%. In Hanover, Delegate Fowler won 64%. Both Spotsylvania and Hanover have a strong Republican Party presence. Only in Caroline County, where there is no real county Republican Party, did Buddy struggle. This highlights the importance of strong county Republican Parties able to get over their differences and come together to support their Republican candidates. In fact, Independent candidate for Board of Supervisors, Clay Forehand, helped Buddy’s cause a great deal at the Madison Precinct in Caroline County, as he was able to get previously unregistered Republicans out to the polls. Hopefully, the days of depending on Independents to get out the Republican vote in Caroline County are coming to an end; but I think Forehand adequately demonstrated that the registering of new voters in Caroline will be key to strengthening the Republican cause in future elections.

Despite our problems in Caroline County, it is important to note that Buddy Fowler actually gained ground over the last 2 years. In 2013, Buddy won with 56.8% of the vote, compared to 2015 where he won with over 60%. Those anonymous voices and whispering malcontents in our District hoping for a weak showing by Fowler were horribly disappointed last night as Buddy demonstrated that he has overwhelming support from his constituents.  Yesterday’s results should broadcast loud and clear to the Democrats in the 55th District that spending money on a Democrat challenger in 2017 will not be a wise allocation of funds.

I would also like to note that Buddy Fowler was one of only two candidates able to warrant an official Virginia Right Endorsement. Any candidate that can get Tom White, Sandy Sanders, and I all on the same page is definitely a candidate with an edge. The other Virginia Right endorsed candidate, Amanda Chase, also experienced a blowout victory yesterday. Congratulations to Amanda, a welcome addition to our State Senate!


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

Tony Lippa Wins Sheriff Race In Caroline County

I endorsed Sheriff Tony Lippa and would like to congratulate him on his victory in Caroline County. I think he’s done a great job as Sheriff and he has such wide support due to his service.

lippaThat said, I also want to publicly thank Chris Wooldridge for running and for his campaign. The time I spent with him and his family today was endearing. As I’ve written before, whoever won this Sheriff’s race would leave Caroline County in great hands. Chris ran a great campaign and his family should be seen as a valuable addition to our county. I have so much respect for all the young residents that came out to vote today and I know many of them came out to vote for Chris.

Tony Lippa is extremely popular in Caroline County and for good reason. Today we simply saw an unwillingness to go from something good to something good.

But here is something I saw today that has lifted my spirits beyond election results.

Chris Wooldridge and Clay Forehand brought hundreds of young people to the polls today. I’m 36 years old; and on election day I usually feel like a child, but today, I saw 20-somethings and 30-somethings and 40-somethings coming out to vote. We saw about 300 more voters than we expected and that’s because a few young men decided to run for office against popular county staples. Clay Forehand won and Chris Wooldridge (who unlike Clay was in a 3 way race) came in second.

We residents of Caroline County should be proud today. Chris Woodridge and his family should be proud. While it was clear that Tony Lippa retains overwhelming support in the county, despite being challenged by the most serious and qualified candidate in years, Caroline County deserves not only the debate and the challenge, but the participation we saw today.

A Sea of Orange swept over the Madison District in Caroline today. Dozens of Lippa supporters poured in to campaign for our Sheriff. I recall one voter respond that if signs and t-shirts were votes, Lippa had nothing to worry about. They were right.

I hope Caroline Residents will be as inspired by today’s events as I. Two great individuals ran for Sheriff and our county is the better the for it. Thank you, Tony Lippa for the service you’ve provided. Clearly the county is endeared to you and you’ve earned their support. Thank you to Chris Wooldridge, as well, for running a disciplined and thoughtful campaign. You’ve both made Caroline County politics and law enforcement a focus and a proud reminder of what makes Caroline County great.


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

Clay Forehand Wins in Caroline County

cfIF you are interested in upsetting an established and well liked Supervisor, don’t talk to me. Come to Caroline County and talk to Clay Forehand who upset 28 year veteran Wayne Acors in our Madison District Board of Supervisors race. I love my district and I love everything that has been done for us through the service of Wayne Acors, but politically speaking, Clay Forehand accomplished the utterly unlikely. He did it through severe professionalism.

This morning, we were expecting around 750 to 850 voters in the Madison District. We had around 1100. That means that Clay was able to engage around 300 new voters, unexpected voters, the folk we didn’t see coming.

While I was supportive of Wayne Acors and thought that he ought to see many of our new business plans through to the end, Caroline County didn’t lose. I’ve heaped praise on Caroline County for having such great choices before us, but like most local sea changes, today was the day, not of the likely voter, but of the unlikely voter.

I would like to congratulate Clay Forehand, who will be my new Supervisor in Caroline County, to salute his campaign, and to beg his future forgiveness as I become more involved in the County. I would also like to thank Wayne Acors for the Ladysmith of today that I so enjoy and am so excited to be a resident of.

I also want to thank the the residents of Caroline County for showing up and participating in percentages unexpected. I love this county and I love Ladysmith and the Madison District in particular.


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker