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J. Wilson Clatterbuck wants a fifth term in Remington

Friday, Mar. 28 | By Jonathan Hunley
J. Wilson Clatterbuck
Over the past eight years, J. Wilson Clatterbuck has proven he can win election to the Remington Town Council even if his name isn't on the ballot.

Twice the retired town postmaster and National Guardsman has been an officially declared candidate, and twice voters have written his name in when they went to the polls.

Each time, he won.

This year, Clatterbuck seeks a fifth two-year term, and, yes, his name will be on the ballot May 6. He's one of seven candidates for the six Remington council seats.

Incumbents Evan H. Ashby III, Stanley L. Heaney Sr. and Van M. Loving also want to be re-elected; Councilman Chad M. Ralls, who was appointed to an unexpired term, is running for a full term; and Devada R. Allison Jr. and Randy A. McMillion are on the ballot, as well.

Clatterbuck said that, if re-elected, he would really like to see Remington move into a new Town Hall, one that has more room for the municipality's workers as well as the DMV Select office that's housed in the current government center on Main Street.

Having both operations in one building makes for close quarters, Clatterbuck said, especially when lots of Division of Motor Vehicles customers head there.

"I tell you, it is crowded," the councilman said.

DMV is seeing lots of business at its small location in Remington, where state residents can complete basic tasks such as title work, registration renewal and license-plate requests.

Since July, the state has logged 12,616 transactions there, Clatterbuck said, which makes it one of the busier DMV Selects in Virginia.

That figure also means that folks are coming to the Remington DMV from places such as Bealeton, Warrenton and Culpeper, figuring it's better to drive there than to weather long waits at DMVs closer to home.

That phenomenon can be a revenue boon for the municipality, the thinking goes, if those out-of-towners spend some money with Remington businesses while they're in town.

Focusing on economic development in Remington can only add to this positive trend, Clatterbuck said.

"We need more business," Clatterbuck said. "That's the main thing."

He noted that the town already waives the business-license tax for two years for new companies, but he said perhaps Remington can also offer tax incentives to land firms that might otherwise locate elsewhere.

Clatterbuck has lived in the town since he was 5 years old, and he recalls when commerce was booming.

At one time, Remington boasted four grocery stores, he said.

"When I was growing up, this was a busy little town," he said.

Clatterbuck also said some sidewalks in the town need repair, especially with damage suffered from the recent winter weather.

And he joked that he knows something about having sidewalks repaired.

Not long after he was first elected to the Town Council, Clatterbuck was successful in getting sidewalk work done in Remington.

Thing was, one of the sidewalks refurbished was right in front of his house.

"So I got ribbed about that real good," he said.

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