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Competition emerges for House of Delegates seat

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Jamaal Johnston (left) and Del. James Edmunds / April 03, 2017
Competition has emerged for the 60th District House of Delegates even as incumbent Del. James Edmunds (R-Halifax) announced formal plans this week to run for a fifth term.

On Monday, a Prince Edward county school employee and small business owner announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 60th District, which includes Halifax, Charlotte and Prince Edward counties and a portion of Charlotte.

Jamaal Johnston (D-Meherrin) is the owner of White Hawk Security International Inc., a security management company that specializes in security consulting and training for small and medium-sized businesses. Johnston also works as an evening transportation dispatcher for Prince Edward County Public Schools.

“Public service was always something that was in the back of my mind, and after this last election, I realized it is time for regular, working people to step up and represent other regular, working people,” said Johnston. “As the owner of a local small business, I understand the challenges of starting and growing a small business in a rural area. I am committed to helping others start and grow their small businesses so that we can change the current economic landscape of the 60th District.”

Johnston is in the process of starting a nonprofit called The 500K Club, an organization dedicated to mentoring students from ninth grade through college graduation. The mission of The 500K Club is to help their mentees complete college and become professionals who are able and motivated to give back to their communities.

Johnston graduated from Prince Edward County High School in 1997. In 2007, he decided to go back to school and began working on an associate degree at Southside Community College. He switched to an online program so that he could continue working full-time to care for his family. Johnston graduated with an A.A. and B.A. from Strayer University before going on to earn his M.B.A. through Walden University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Project Management from Walden University.

Johnston and his wife Zakiyyah have four children.

Both major parties will choose their nominees for the House race in June for the November 7 general election. 60th District Republicans will hold a primary should other candidates enter the nomination process against Edmunds. It is not immediately known what process Democrats will follow if more contenders come forward to compete for the party’s nomination.

All 100 House seats will be on the ballot in November, with Virginia also holding only one of two gubernatorial races in the U.S. Besides the vote for governor, Virginians will also choose a new lieutenant governor and attorney general.

Edmunds announces bid for fifth House term

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Well, well, well
Looks like we are gonna have a race here and let's hope better ideas are focused on versus choosing skin melatonin. Looks like the contender is a self made business man versus one who inherited it all.
As a conservative I like the idea of the area changing tack for a little while as the Delegate seat is not an inheritance and some forget about their constituents and would rather put forward hunting in hot pink versus protecting constitutional rights.
We've got a serious problem in the Southside- loss of industry and a vigor for growth in the judicial incarceration business. Edmunds has always been quick to avoid a hot topic to protect HIS seat. Nice guy but political wimp when it comes to protecting constitutional rights.
Hates to lead the charge and would rather follow along on others coat tails. This should be interesting


I agree with you sentiment but the D besides this guys name is what is going to loose it for him. If he supports macawful an his crowd he is toast.

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