Two vying for commissioner spot

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Two people are vying for a position that has only been vacated once this millennium: the commissioner of the revenue.

One is Lara Overy, who works at a wealth management company in Willamsburg. The other is Ray Armstead, who worked at Colonial Williamsburg for more than two decades.

The commissioner’s office duties include helping citizens register motor vehicles, assessing local business taxes and aiding in the preparation of individual income taxes.

Judy Nightengale Fuqua served 16 years as commissioner and 10 years as deputy commissioner, and is not seeking re-election.

Former Colonial Williamsburg employee Ray Armstead decided to run for the post earlier this summer.

After being laid off at CW, he thought the position would make a welcome career change.

“I didn’t want the position to run unopposed,” he said. “I thought, ‘I could do a good job at this.’ ”

Public service was at the top of Armstead’s mind as he researched the position and what exactly it entailed. “I thought maybe I would try to serve my community,” the Army veteran said.

Lara Overy is the chief operating officer at Compass Wealth Strategies, a wealth management firm based in Williamsburg.

After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a history degree in 2008, she enrolled in the college’s master’s of business administration program in 2014. She will resume her classes in January.

Since her role as commissioner would deal partly with finances, she said her experience in the college’s business classes could help her first four-year term.

“I think the work has really prepared me,” she said.

Overy has run for public office before — she unsuccessfully attempted to unseat then-Del. Monty Mason in 2015.

Though she does not have public service experience, she is familiar with service in other facets of the community.

“I have served on a number of volunteer boards and community boards,” she said. “I’ve also been involved in two private foundations of educational institutions.”

Wright can be reached by phone at 757-345-2343.

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