Howdy Friends, the 2023 election is over and there’s a new Supervisor in Appomattox County! That’s how my good friend Ken “Dutch Henry” Wolfskill would have said it and today this article is about him, as he is the newly elected Supervisor representing the Appomattox River District.
On Tuesday November 7th 2023, Election Day, Dutch by God’s blessing claimed victory in a three way race for the Supervisors seat defeating two term incumbent William “Bill’ Hogan by 67 votes, and the results of that race are as follows.
MEMBER BOARD OF SUPERVISORS (APPOMATTOX RIVER DISTRICT)
Ken W. “Dutch Henry” Wolfskill, Jr. – 495 (48.62%)
William H. “Bill” Hogan – 428 (42.04%)
J. Jerry Boyce Jr. – 83 (8.15%)
Write-In – 12 (1.18%)
Ok now you must be asking, who is Dutch Henry? Married to his wife Robin, both she and Dutch have been residents of Appomattox County since 2006. Dutch is an author who has written for equine magazines, published nine books and has even written a series of children’s books titled A Dog Named Saturday.
Active in local government and civic activism, Dutch has been a member of the Appomattox County Republican Committee since 2015 and to date serves as the Chairman of the Appomattox County Board of Zoning Appeals. Dutch was nominated by the Appomattox County Republican Committee for his candidacy for the Supervisors race.
A Christ follower, Dutch is an active and faithful member of the Reformed Bible Church of Appomattox and when he gets on the Board of Supervisors, Dutch has made a pledge not to vote for any laws that go against the laws of God. As Dutch says on his website wolfskillforsupervisor.com “We are to be active in our church and we are to be active in our community governance. For that is God’s structure. God-Family-Community. That’s the dynamic“.
In regards to the Appomattox County Businesses and its taxpayers, Dutch will be very ideal in practicing fiscal responsibility and fighting for lower taxes. Assuring also that our law enforcement, emergency services, schools and social services are supported and given the resources they need to prosper and succeed.
Having worked with at-risk youth, Dutch will be an advocate for our children who are the very future of our community. Protecting their precious yet fragile minds from explicit books in our public and school libraries as he knows that we are given the God given command to protect them from such immoralities.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall of end one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. – Matthew 18:4-6 KJV
Appomattox County will always be remembered for being the place where our nation reunited on April 9th 1865 when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the American Civil War and being the national treasure that it is, Dutch will also work for its growth and preservation, that its history will be recognized and that it will be a place where many will be happy to call home.
And now starts the newest chapter in the life of Dutch Henry when he is sworn into the Appomattox County Board of Supervisors. While I do not personally live in his district but as a resident of the county I look forward to having Dutch on the Board as he will be a voice not only for his constituents but for me and Appomattox County as a whole.
Personally I myself having known Dutch for three years now and currently serving alongside with him in the Appomattox County Republican Committee can testify witnessing firsthand that his conservative Christian character is genuine and acknowledging the fact that he had knocked on at least 98% of the doors in his district even going back to houses he had previously visited just to remind voters to come out to the polls and building relationships with them in the process during his campaign.
Dutch proved also the fact that knocking on doors, getting up close and personal with the voters, listening to their concerns brings them out on Election Day and can indeed provide winning results. Another friend of mine Matt Cline who is currently the Chairman of the Campbell County Board of Supervisors also won his election back in 2019 against the longtime incumbent by doing the exact same thing Dutch did during his campaign! Door knocking is very critical and key in winning an election as well as the people’s trust and vote.
If this isn’t evidence that Dutch will display actions to back his words and show that he plans to set the example of how a Supervisor governs his community while earning the respect of its residents then what is?
After all this it’s safe to say that Dutch has been there and done that and now it’s time to watch him make history as manager of the great county where national history was made 158 years ago. And now I’ll close by saying what Dutch would say when ending a statement. – Gitty up!
“You can check out Dutch’s work at dutchhenryauthor.com”