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Competition shapes up for Halifax County School Board / June 10, 2013
Two of the three election districts with races this fall for Halifax County School Board will feature competition as more candidates stepped forward this week to file before the June 11 qualifying deadline.

Two more candidates have announced bids— Ida Terry in ED-2, and Rita Best in ED-6. Terry will join two previously announced School Board candidates in ED-2: Karen Hopkins, the incumbent, and Lisa Hatcher. In ED-6, Best will challenge incumbent trustee Fay Satterfield, who is seeking re-election.

School Board chair Kim Farson, representing ED-3, is unopposed thus far in her bid for re-election.

Both Terry and Best have experience as educators.

A native of Halifax County, Terry taught Career Development at Morgan State College in Baltimore for three years before returning to Halifax County in 1990, she said this week.

In 1992 she received her masters degree in business from Averett University. She has since worked with the local Social Services Department, the Virginia Employment Commission, Telamon and Wal-Mart.

Best, running in ED-6, is expected to qualify today, according to Voter Registrar Judy Meeler. Meeler said on Saturday that Best lacked only a few signatures needed to qualify for the race.

In a Sunday announcement, Best said she has raised three children who were educated in Halifax County, just as she was. She said she is seeking election to the school board because she “is passionate about education,” being a retired educator with a total of 34 years teaching experience.

Best is a graduate of Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in special education. She received her Master’s degree as a reading specialist from Longwood University and continued her education at George Mason University, with an endorsement in special education and general curriculum K-12.

She added that her purpose in running for School Board is to represent the people of her district and to ensure that the children of Halifax County have the best possible resources available to them to become successful adults in society.

“I look forward to working with other board members to improve the morale of teachers and staff of Halifax County,” she stated. “I want to be a board member who is trusted, respected and who will look out for the best interests of everyone. As a former educator, I have a clear understanding of all aspects of educating children.”

The deadline for candidates to file for School Board and other local offices is 7 p.m. Tuesday. The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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