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Competition light for fall local elections / June 15, 2017

Despite early signs that more candidates would step forward to run for Halifax County School Board and Board of Supervisors, the deadline to qualify for county elective office passed Tuesday night with a dearth of competitive local races on the November ballot.

In ED-3, two candidates will be on seeking election to the school board: Clinton Boone and Sandra Garner Coleman, who will be vying to succeed outgoing trustee Kim Farson.

In ED-2, Roy Keith Lloyd previously qualified to run for the seat being relinquished by Karen Hopkins, who is stepping off after serving this year as board chair. In ED-6, Todd Moser has qualified to run for the seat that Fay Satterfield will give up.

There’s one more school board race to be settled — in ED-7, where Monty Lowery is serving on an interim basis following the resignation of Dick Stoneman earlier this year. A special election will be held to fill the remaining portion of Stoneman’s unexpired term, through 2019. Candidates have until Aug. 7 to file in the ED-7 special election.

For the bBoard of supervisors, the lineup is set: there are no competitive races in November, but there is a newcomer who is set to join the board. Jeff Francisco is the lone qualifier in ED-2 for Board of Supervisors. The seat is currently held by Tom West, who will retire at the end of the year.

In ED-3, Hubert Pannell is running for re-election, and in ED-6, Larry Giordano also is making a bid for a second term.

In several districts, citizens picked up filing packets to run for school board or county supervisors, but did not follow through by formally qualifying for the races.

The fall election is set for Nov. 7.

Giordano eyes second term as supervisor

ED-6 Supervisor Larry Giordano announced this week that he is seeking re-election to his seat on the county’s governing body.

“I want to thank you all who supported me four years ago for Supervisor for District 6 of Halifax County. I hope I have lived up to your expectations and was as independent as I could possibly be and still be effective,” Giordano said.

“For those of you who did not support me I hope I have convinced you that I was up to the task.”

Giordano said he plans to host a few community get togethers over the next few months and he asked that residents check in the local newspapers and listen to the radio for the dates and locations of those events.

“Please plan to attend (these events) and let me know your concerns and your vision for Halifax County. I am still committed to making Halifax County the best it can be through jobs and now opportunities, while trying to keep taxes as low as possible.”

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