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Adams wages write-in bid for ED-6 School Board

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SoVaNow.com / October 11, 2021


South Boston native Sallie Wade Adams has thrown her hat in the race for a seat on the Halifax County School Board to represent Election District 6 as a write-in candidate.

Adams and Lacey Shotwell, who is on the ballot, will be running against one another for the seat previously held by Todd Moser, who has resigned.

Adams said she is motivated to run for school board to be a voice for fiscal responsibility.

“There are a lot of moving pieces: facilities, teachers, curriculum,” she said.

Adams traveled door-to-door over the weekend to ask for voters’ support, finding that “the public wants to know where the money is coming from and how will it be used.”

Adams graduated from Halifax County High School in 1978. She continued her education at Mary Washington College, where she focused on a double major, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology. She continued to Vanderbilt University, where she earned a master’s degree in economics with focus on antitrust.

“I like data and working with numbers,” said Adams. “I was compelled to run for school board because I have something to offer with cost-benefit analysis, the economist in me."

“The school board needs to represent the parents, students, voters, and tax base. It is a balancing act,” said Adams, adding there must be compromise and accountability on every side.

After working several years with an insurance marketing firm she really wanted to explore her love for cooking. She quit her insurance job and attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, where she received a culinary degree.

Adams spent many years raising two sons and traveling with her husband’s career as an insurance company executive. Adams and her husband, Tom Kaiser, returned here in 2014 after her husband retired as president of Houston Casualty Company and purchased her family’s homeplace, Dewberry Hill, in Alton.

In regard to the possibility of some elementary schools closing, Adams said she understands the importance of community schools.

“A community can be defined as the school with teachers empowered to teach the way they want and be paid properly, and a community can take on the geographical area,” said Adams.

Adams asked: “Are we positioning ourselves for the next 10 years? Where are the trends going, and how will that fit here and strengthen Halifax?”

In addition to other public concerns, Adams would like to address school maintenance, discipline and respect for the staff and school.

“I think we need a new high school but will have to work with the old schools too,” said Adams.

Adams is planning on attending the public meeting to discuss possible elementary school closings on Tuesday. That meeting is being held at Sinai Elementary School at 6:30 p.m.

Adams is a board member of the Parsons-Bruce Art Association. She serves as a volunteer with the South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History. She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in South Boston.

The sister of SVHEC Executive Director Betty H. Adams, Sallie Adams enjoys physical exercise and is a certified spinning instructor.

Due to her last-minute decision to run for office, Adams will be a write-in candidate. She can be contacted at 917-257-8411 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Adams is in the process of establishing a social media page on Facebook.

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