Our rural democratic candidates for the November 7, 2023 election.
Josh Cumbow has been Washington County Commonwealth’s Attorney since January 1, 2016.
He was first elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019. Since day one in office, Josh has fulfilled two of his primary campaign promises which were to try big cases to juries and maintain a regular case load by appearing routinely in court. He has won every jury trial as commonwealth’s attorney to date, including five (5) homicide cases. He has also fulfilled a commitment to expand the Washington County Drug Court Program.
Other accomplishments while commonwealth’s attorney include streamlining the process for law-abiding citizens to obtain Concealed Weapons Permits, helping to create the Drug Court Foundation Council to get members of the community involved in Drug Court, sponsoring and participating in law enforcement training, and signing on to the Holston River Regional Drug
Task Force to more aggressively combat drug dealers.
Board of Supervisors (Harrison District) Candidate
Phil is a lifelong resident of Washington County. He graduated from Abingdon High School in 1969 and then graduated from Emory & Henry College in 1973. Phil has spent over 25 years working as a full-time dairy farmer as well as 25 years working in construction. He has served 7 years on the Planning Commission and 4 years on the Service Authority. This will be Phil's 25th year serving the Harrison District on the Board of Supervisors. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of People Inc., District III, and the Regional Jail. Phil and his wife Lisa have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren. They attend Washington Chapel United Methodist Church.
Board of Supervisors (Madison District) Candidate
Raised in Southwest Virginia, Julianne is a proud product of Washington County Public Schools. She graduated from Abingdon High School in 1982 and then attended the University of Georgia. She graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. She served two combat tours and earned a Bronze Star for her service in the Gulf War/Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. She was a company commander of a line haul truck company during her second combat tour in Somalia, during Operation Restore Hope. She has experience with school improvement planning, Special needs and Gifted education, and home schooling. Julianne will bring perspective, experience and leadership to the decision making process in Washington County.
Commissioner of Revenue Candidate
Christina Rehfuss is deeply committed to helping the working people of Washington County. She believes in access to property ownership for hard working class people, not just those who are already well off. She is determined to provide transparent and competent leadership to help Washington County succeed economically.
She is determined to making sure Washington County is a small business- forward county that will attract companies to our region and decrease the out- migration of our young people. Christina's qualifications and work ethic will restore credibility and reliability to this constitutional office.
Washington County Treasurer Candidate
Fred W. Parker
Fred has a Masters Treasures Certification from the University of Virginia and has held the office of Treasurer for the past 37 years. His knowledge and experience of the fiscal issues facing Washington County are unparalleled. Fred's entire career has been based in public service to the citizens of Washington County.
Fred is a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Abingdon Rotary Club, and is the recipient of the George Titus Award for Sustained Excellence and the Community Service award from the Treasures Association of Virginia.
Fred and his wife Vickie are lifelong members of Bethel Presbyterian Church.