Montgomery County Supervisor Chris Tuck won’t seek re-election

CHRISTIANSBURG — Chris Tuck, who helped bring an end to stalemates over some former school properties in Blacksburg, said Thursday that he won’t seek a third term on the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors.

Tuck is a Republican whose term on the board ends this year.

While he said that he holds some beliefs about term limits, Tuck, a criminal defense lawyer, said he’s decided to leave the board primarily due to family reasons.

“It’s really my family and being able to help them,” he said. “I realized I can do two jobs, but I can’t do three jobs.”

He said his parents are also in their 80s, and that he wants to be more involved with the family business, a local firm called the Quorum Holding Corporation that rents commercial and residential properties.

Tuck, 51, represents District B, a GOP stronghold in central Montgomery County that includes part of Christiansburg.

Tuck’s announcement ends months — and perhaps a few years — of speculation about his future on the board as the supervisor has previously raised doubt about whether he would run for a third term.

Tuck’s announcement adds to recent movements concerning the future of two of the board’s Republican-controlled seats.

Tuck’s Republican ally Darrell Sheppard, who represents District E, is up for re-election this year and is so far being challenged by local school custodian Robbie Jones, a Democrat backed by a political action committee called Vote Local.

Vote Local, which plans to build an atypical war chest for a board of supervisors race, was created in hopes of flipping the partisan representation on the seats currently occupied by Tuck and Sheppard and ultimately handing Democrats a majority control of the board. Republicans have held a 4-3 advantage since 2016.

While on the board, Tuck successfully pushed for conclusions to divisive debates about the old Blacksburg school properties. He has drawn criticism from local Democrats and other elected officials in liberal-leaning Blacksburg.

In 2016, Tuck and the remainder of the board brought closure to more than a dozen years of speculation when they decided to sell the majority of the old Blacksburg Middle School property in downtown to a firm controlled by longtime developer Jeanne Stosser. About a year later, the board voted to sell the remainder of the old middle school site to a differently named firm also partnered by Stosser.

During roughly the same period, Tuck pushed for the sale of the old Blacksburg High School on Patrick Henry Drive. That subject, however, was fraught with disagreements between Tuck and his Republican colleagues, the board’s three Democrats and…

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