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Ballot for local races shapes up / June 10, 2019

The roster of candidates for local office continues to take shape with the deadline to file for the November ballot coming up this Tuesday evening.

As of Friday, there was one confirmed competitive race for Board of Supervisors: in Election District 5, where Jimmy Wade of Halifax and Dean Throckmorton of Scottsburg are set to vie for the seat now held by Joey Rodgers. Both Wade and Throckmorton have been certified to run in the November general election after submitting petition signatures required of candidates for local office.

In ED-4, a possible challenge to Board Chair Dennis Witt surfaced Friday: Ronnie Duffey, a former member of Halifax Town Council, picked up a candidate filing packet but has not turned it in. Both Duffey and Witt live in Halifax.

Meantime, in ED-1 in the northern part of Halifax County, longtime supervisor J.T. Davis indicated this week he is not running for re-election, leaving only one candidate certified for the ballot: Calvin “Ricky” Short of Nathalie.

In other election districts on the ballot this November, incumbent supervisors have qualified to run: Garland Ricketts in ED-7 and William Bryant Claiborne in ED-8.

Larry Roller is the sole declared candidate for the board tiebreaker position. That job is now held by Wade, who is running for the ED-5 seat on the Board of Supervisors in November.

Also in ED-5, Robert Smart picked up a candidate filing packet more than a month ago, but he has not turned it in.

In contrast to the Board of Supervisors, which has one confirmed competitive race, there are three active contests for School Board:

» In ED-1, where incumbent trustee Orey Hill is being challenged by Patricia “Kathy” Fraley;

» In ED-4, where School Board chair Joe Gasperini is opposed by Jay Camp;

» in ED-7, where Keith McDowell and Vince Newton are vying to take the seat now held by Monty Lowery.

In ED-5 and ED-8, incumbent trustees Freddie Edmunds and Walter Potts are certified for the ballot, with no competition thus far.

For local constitutional office, two races feature competition: incumbent Fred Clark and challenger John Tanner for Sheriff, and incumbent Brenda Powell and challenger Ken Buckley for Commissioner of Revenue. The county’s other constitutional officers, Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracey Q. Martin and Treasurer Ruth Anne Oakes, have not drawn challengers.

The deadline to file for the November ballot is this Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m.

Also Tuesday, the Republican Party will hold its primary to nominate a candidate in the 15th Senate District, which includes eastern Halifax County. The GOP primary pits incumbent Sen. Frank Ruff of Clarksville against challenger Dale Sturdifen, chairman of the Mecklenburg County School Board and also a Clarksville resident.

Polls for the Tuesday ballot open a 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The primary is open to all Virginia voters, since the state does not register voters by party.

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