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Competition for clerk of court, ED-3 supervisor

SoVaNow.com / August 14, 2014




Challenges are set in the two special elections on the ballot this November in Halifax County — for Clerk of Circuit Court and for Board of Supervisors in Election District 3.

The filing deadline in both races is this Friday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m.

In the Clerk of Court race, a second candidate emerged this week with the announcement by Donnie Amos that he would run as an independent.

The other announced candidate is Cathy Cosby, interim clerk who succeeded Robert “Bobby” Conner.

In the Board of Supervisors election to complete the unexpired term of Earl Womack, the appointed seat holder will face competition from at least one challenger.

Ray Owen, who was named to the board after Womack’s resignation earlier this year, has qualified for the Nov. 4 ballot. So, too, has Hubert Pannell, a first-time candidate who filed earlier in the summer.

Both men are residents of the Vernon Hill area.

In the Clerk of Court race, Amos listed his credentials in an announcement Monday of his candidacy.

Running as an independent, Amos is a native of Halifax County and a graduate of Halifax County High School where he is currently a special education teacher.

He is a graduate of Regent University School of Law and has a management/psychology degree from Averett University and a political science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, according to his news release.

He and his wife Susan are members of First Baptist Church in South Boston.

“I urge all of my fellow educators, students, and former co-workers to support my candidacy. I would welcome the opportunity to serve all of the citizens of Halifax County as your Circuit Court Clerk. I would be grateful and appreciative of your support,” he said.

Cosby, the current office holder, was appointed after Conner retired at the end of 2013.

According to the county registrar’s office, no other prospective candidates have picked up qualifying packets in advance of the Friday filing deadline.

Also on the ballot in November are council and mayoral elections in Halifax and Virgilina. Both towns will see no competition for seats as the current batch of incumbents are the lone names on the ballot. The filing deadline in those races has already passed.

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