The recent announcement that two-term county supervisor Steve Elswick is not running again has resulted in three declared Republican candidates thus far. Kevin Carroll... Three men vying for Republican nod for supervisor in Matoaca

The recent announcement that two-term county supervisor Steve Elswick is not running again has resulted in three declared Republican candidates thus far.

Kevin Carroll had already announced, but shortly after Elswick’s decision, current Matoaca District school board member Rob Thompson and Matoaca District planning commissioner Craig Stariha also came forward.

The three men will square off for the Grand Old Party’s nomination in the June 11 primary.

Carroll, 55, a Rhode Island native, worked for the Chesterfield County Police Department for 32 years after moving to Chesterfield in 1986 and retiring Oct. 1, 2018.

As a police officer, Carroll worked in numerous positions, including as a special investigations and major crimes detective, patrol sergeant, investigations sergeant and firearms instructor.

He has been president of the Chesterfield branch of the Fraternal Order of Police since 2002. He also served as president of the FOP’s state chapter from 2014 to 18.

Thompson, 52, was born in Florida and grew up in Georgia. He was elected to the school board in 2015 and recently announced that he would not run again because the youngest of his two daughters is set to graduate this year. “I believe that unless you are career educator then you need to have kids in the school system,” he said in an email.

Thompson served over 20 years in the Navy. He began as an enlisted fire controlman and retired in 2005 as a naval intelligence officer. After retiring, Thompson moved to Chesterfield and started HT Innovations, a business that serves the needs of the national intelligence community. According to his profile, Thompson has an ownership stake in multiple small businesses.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in vocational education from Southern Illinois University, a bachelor’s degree in electronics technology from Norfolk State University and a master’s degree in systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Stariha, 61, and a native of Iowa, has served on the Chesterfield Planning Commission for a little over a year after being appointed to replace Edgar Wallin.

According to a press release, Stariha has a degree from Iowa Wesleyan College and an MBA from Averett University. He worked at tobacco producer Altria for more than 31 years before retiring in 2012.

“Government should be good stewards of the taxpayer’s money and Craig’s financial background provides a unique perspective into allocating financial resources responsibly,” Stariha stated in the press release.

Stariha said he has lived in Chesterfield County since 1980.