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Posted at 6:20 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Genthner to run for Prince William supervisor seat

By Jennifer Buske

Carl Genthner, an Air Force veteran and community activist plans to vie for a seat on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors in November.

The 61-year-old Democrat will run for the Gainesville district seat, which has been held by John T. Stirrup (R) since 2003. Stirrup, who also served as the boad's vice chairman in 2008, has not yet announced whether he will seek reelection.

A New York native, Genthner spent 20 years with the Air Force before working for another 20-plus years as a contractor for the Navy.

He founded the Gainesville Group in 2008 as a way to explore issues that impact the Gainesville community, the county and the state, according to the group's Web site. The Democratic members of the group are dedicated to improving Prince William, specifically in the western end, he said. The group has done several community projects including the adopt-a-highway program and Pack-A-Back, which collects collects school supplies for children.

Genthner is also a Rotarian, a member of the Kiwanis club and on the board of the Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs. He said his father motivated him to serve the community.

"My dad was part of my inspiration," he said in a biography. "Whether it was coaching my brother's paralympics team or serving as a lay preacher in the church, he showed me time and time again how one person can make a real difference in the lives of others."

Genthner and his wife June live in Gainesville. They have been married seven years and between their blended families have seven children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren

By Jennifer Buske  | February 9, 2011; 6:20 PM ET
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