Veteran Courthouse Supervisor Jerry Boothe’s decision to retire from the county board at the end of this year has sparked a guessing game over who will file to run for the vacant seat.

Boothe (right) held the seat for 12 of the past 16 years and was the sole Democrat on the Republican-dominated board until Bill Gardner’s election in 2007. His decision to step down has Democrats scrambling to find a candidate who can hold onto the seat while Republicans see Boothe’s departure as an opportunity to pad their 3-2 majority.

But the question remains: Who will run? A current member of Floyd’s Town Council? A community activist? Floyd has a higher number per capita than most rural counties in Southwestern Virginia. A transplant who can bring a fresh, outside perspective to county government?

Stay tuned. This will be fun to watch.