PNK2030 Announces Endorsements for the Upcoming November Election



Sandi Gauthier
Chairman, Citizen Outreach Committee
Partnership for New Kent 2030

PNK2030 Announces Endorsements for the Upcoming November Election

Barhamsville, VA – June 15, 2019 – The Partnership for New Kent 2030 (PNK2030), a citizen-centric group of public spirited citizens who aim to assist New Kent County in selecting the best path forward, today announced the candidates they endorse for the upcoming November election in New Kent County.

At Gauthier Vineyard, an audience of more than 150 gathered to hear the campaign declarations of PNK2030’s slate of candidates for the November New Kent County elections. The presentations were met with repeated applause from the motivated audience of community leaders and concerned citizens.

The candidates whom PNK2030 have endorsed and pledged to support include all four of the elective administrative offices in the County, four of five candidates for the Board of Supervisors, three of five School Board candidates and one candidate for Soil and Water Conservation Director. That amounts to nearly every position subject to election in November.
The specific slate is as follows:

Electoral Positions

  • Sheriff Joe McLaughlin – County Sheriff
  • Scott Renick – Commonwealth Attorney
  • Laura Ecimovic – Commissioner of Revenue
  • Larry Clark – Treasurer

Board of Supervisors

  • Kate West-Ferris – District 2
  • Joe Dombroski – District 3
  • Ron Stiers – District 4
  • John Lockwood – District 5

School Board

  • Andrea Staskiel – District 3
  • Paul Ross – District 4
  • Gail Hardinge – District 5

Soil and Water Conservation

  • Philip Thomson – Director

“We are going to help the candidates we endorse to win this November” said John Poindexter, the Chairman of The Partnership for New Kent 2030. “Some races will be tough fights, but we are ready for them.”

Amusingly, in order to accommodate the standing room only crowd, the hosts had to add living room furniture and barstools to the usual wedding venue seating to provide for everyone. The meeting consumed two hours of almost continuous speaking and the audience stuck it out, with many remaining to interact with the candidates afterwards.

Speakers for the Partnership and consultant, Ken Peterson, addressed their areas of expertise, describing the origin and aims of the Partnership and the need for significant change in New Kent County. Especially emphasized was the truth that no member of the Partnership stands to gain personally from their campaign on behalf of New Kent—quite the contrary in terms of personal time expended—and that none will stand for office.

While the Partnership’s immediate goals are to provide direct assistance for candidates and to expand its base of public support, committee members also continue to work on other projects. These projects include Broadband coverage for all New Kent citizens and collaborating with the Board of Supervisors on the development of the County’s first Strategic Plan.

Inasmuch as this meeting was held in the far eastern portion of the County, PNK2030 expects to schedule two more in the weeks ahead in the central and western sections of New Kent County.

Partnership for New Kent 2030 (PNK2030) is a newly formed group of public spirited citizens who endeavor to assist New Kent County in selecting the best path forward for the next decade.

The Partnership does not seek personal power for its members. It has no political party affiliation and rejects any selfish aims. Our sole goal is to help guide this beautiful county through the current period of accelerating growth by leveraging the external forces already at work. We are business-oriented advocates of vigorous but balanced growth, preserving the best of the past, protecting our rural culture, while realizing our shared vision for New Kent County in 2030.

For more information visit the partnership’s website at or contact Sandi Gauthier (

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Photos (high-resolution images available on request):

Ken Peterson addresses PNK2030 Meeting (larger version)

PNK2030 Chairman John Poindexter addresses PNK2030 meeting (larger version)

BoS District 5 Candidate John Lockwood addresses PNK2030 Meeting (larger version)