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Candidate forums set for October

SoVaNow.com / September 16, 2019
The Halifax County Chamber of Commerce will host five candidate forums for the upcoming November election, spotlighting races for Board of Supervisors and School Board and the contest for county sheriff.

The forums will be held at locations in Election Districts 1, 4, 5 and 7 where School Board and supervisors seats are up for grabs. A fifth forum will be held at The Prizery, featuring Fred Clark and John Tanner, running for sheriff, and candidates in uncontested races for constitutional office and in Election District 8.

“The Chamber works diligently to provide opportunities for local citizens to be informed when they go to the voting booth. Voting is one of the most important things we can do for our county, state, and country,” said Chamber President Mitzi McCormick. “I urge everyone who is able to attend the forums.”

The schedule is as follows:

» The first of the forums will be held in Election District 1, Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at the North Halifax Fire Department in Nathalie. Invited to speak are Calvin “Ricky” Short, who is the lone candidates on the ballot running for Board of Supervisors in ED-1, and Patricia “Kathy” Fraley and Orey Hill, both running for School Board.

» The next event, in Election District 4, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at Halifax Town Hall. Invited candidates include Ronnie Duffey and Dennis Witt, running for Board of Supervisors, and Jason “Jay” Camp, the lone candidate for School Board.

» On Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6:00 p.m., the candidate forum for Election District 5 will be held at the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department. Invited candidates include Dean Throckmorton and James “Jimmy” Wade, both running for Board of Supervisors, and Freddie Edmunds, running unopposed for another School Board term.

» On Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m., the candidate forum for Election District 7 will be held at Hyco Ruritan Club. Invited candidates include Garland Ricketts for Board of Supervisors, and Keith McDowell and Vince Newton for School Board.

» The final event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. at The Prizery theatre. Invited candidates include Fred Clark and John Tanner, running for Sheriff; and incumbent constitutional officers who are running unopposed: Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin, Commissioner of Revenue Brenda Powell and Treasurer Ruth Anne Oakes. Also invited to speak at the forum are Larry Roller, who is running unopposed for Board of Supervisors tiebreaker; Election District 8 supervisor William Bryant Claiborne; and Election District 8 school trustee Walter Potts.

Following the remarks by candidates at each forum, the Chamber will host a presentation on the sales tax referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot. That referendum asks voters to approve a 1-cent local sales tax to generate revenue for school capital improvements, with the money going towards an upgraded high school.

According to McCormick, the presentation is designed to help voters understand the issues and impacts on Halifax County. Citizens will have an opportunity to ask questions and present concerns at the town hall-style discussion.

“The Chamber of Commerce understands the key to a successful community is through informed citizens and good leadership. The forum is being held to give voters the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates and to learn their positions on issues,” the group stated in its announcement of the candidate forums.

The public is encouraged to take part in the forums. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.



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If any of them support tax increases then they should not get anyone's vote. The county takes in enough money to handle the needs of it 37k residents. It is time to cut positions. Like why do we need a treasurer and a finance director? I am sure there are many other positions that could be cut as well. Pretty soon you will be talking about saving alot of money.

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Ok a TAX to go for maintenance for a school that is not going to be built, that is stupid. Vote NO! Take care of what you have and let a new maintenance crew do a job that the old ones were suppose to do.

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I contacted wset after they ran the story. I am really offended at Coleman saying people that are against the tax are not educated. When are voters going to say enough is enough? Just because we think we can spend our money better than the government we are not educated? Tax hater, please contact WSET as well. if you go on line you can find there contact info.


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