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Hart unseats Ando in King George Commissioner of the Revenue contest

The King George Journal of King George, Virginia

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King George voters selected a new Commissioner of the Revenue on Tuesday, choosing Judy Hart over incumbent Jo Ann Ando.

Unofficial returns showed Hart winning just over 3,000 votes, or 67 percent, to challenger Ando's 1,500 votes, or 33 percent.

Speaking after the results came in, Hart thanked her supporters and said she is ready to move forward.

"I am looking forward to coming back and working for King George County. I am humbled and in awe of the support I received from the voters of King George," Hart said.

In a brief telephone interview after the results came in, Ando spoke critically of this year's political process.

"I appreciate all the support everyone has shown throughout my career and even through this campaign with all the dirty politics," she said. "It's been the greatest honor of my life to have served the King George constituents."

Both women grew up in King George and graduated from King George High School, with Hart graduating in 1977 and Ando in 1978.

Ando, 55, has served one term as commissioner of the revenue, having run unopposed in 2011 after the retirement of longtime Commissioner Faye Lumpkin. She started in the commissioners office in 1994 with various promotions over the years to become Deputy III and land-use technician.

Hart, 57, has lived in King George since her family moved to the area from Rawlings, VA in 1962.

She started in the commissioners office in 2003, after driving a school bus in King George for 16 years.

Hart left the King George commissioners office in 2013 to take a similar position in the Spotsylvania County office of commissioner of revenue.

The commissioner of revenue is responsible for keeping tax books, preparing tax bills and is the receiving point for state income tax forms.

It is a full-time administrative job which includes supervision of staff members.

"I am humbled and in awe of the support I received from the voters of King George"

Judy Hart, Commissioner of the Revenue-elect

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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