The Landes Letter - October 2020 Edition


   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus this month is to provide an update regarding the Courthouse Project and the Courthouse entry policy. I have also included details regarding the two proposed amendments for 2020 to the Virginia Constitution. In addition, I have included the latest photos from the Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour.

Courthouse Project Update

   Augusta County has submitted an application for a certificate of appropriateness to the City of Staunton’s Historic Preservation Commission. The application includes descriptions, drawings, photographs, plans, and documentation that are required by the commission.

   The commission will discuss the proposed certificate of appropriateness at a public meeting on October 27, 2020. The County looks forward to a decision about the application at that time.

Read The Latest Updates Here

Open By Appointment

   Please note, appointments scheduled in advance continue to be necessary for entry into the Courthouse. Those with appointments will be asked COVID 19 screening questions and have their temperature checked upon arrival.

Constitutional Amendments

   I hope that you will consider voting “YES” on Ballot Question 1, which will be listed after the Presidential, Congressional, and Senatorial candidate listings. Voting “Yes” to Amendment 1 will create a bi-partisan citizen-led redistricting committee made up of an equal number of republicans and democrats to end partisan gerrymandering. 

   Redistricting will occur in Virginia in early 2021 after the federal census is completed as mandated by the Virginia Constitution. If Ballot Question 1 fails, the party in control of the House of Delegates and the Senate will draw their own districts.

   I hope you also consider voting “YES” to Ballot Question 2. Voting “YES” to Amendment 2 allows an automobile or pickup truck owned and used primarily by or for a veteran of the United States armed forces or the Virginia National Guard who has a one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability to be free from state and local taxation.

Review Proposed Amendments Here

Donate Today

   Donate today to help cover the costs of this newsletter along with future campaign initiatives. Your contributions help keep Augusta County citizens and the Clerk's office connected.

   If you would like to mail your donation, please make checks payable to: Steve Landes for Clerk of Court Committee.

P.O Box 12

Verona, VA 24482

Donate Here

Virtual Photograph Tour

   This is week twenty-four of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the back record storage room in the basement, behind where you saw last weeks photograph. Criminal records, and Concealed Handgun Permit records are housed here.

 This is week twenty-five of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the Women's Public Restroom in the basement of the Courthouse. These restrooms were added during the 1939 expansion of the building. Ladies first, the Men's Restroom next week.

   This is week twenty-six of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the Men's Public Restroom in the basement like the Women's Restroom. These rooms were added during the 1939 addition to the Courthouse.

Clerk of Court Contact Information

Please visit my website at for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

[email protected]


Augusta County Website

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