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Conner, Fitzgerald, Hopkins opt not to run

SoVaNow.com / May 09, 2013
Two members of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors announced this week that they will not seek re-election when their seats come up on the ballot in November.

Also opting not to run in the November 5 general election is Halifax County School Board trustee Karen Hopkins, who represents ED-2.

ED-6 Supervisor Wayne Conner told reporters at the Monday night meeting of the governing body that he will not run for office again after having served eight years on the board.

“I really feel like it is time for someone else to take this seat,” he said.

Conner said he has enjoyed his two terms on the board and has learned a great deal about county government, but “it’s time to move on.”

ED-3 Supervisor William I. Fitzgerald also said this week that he will not run again for the seat. Fitzgerald, who has served three terms on the board, and is a past board chairman, said he felt privileged to have received great support from his constituents in ED#3 as well as from other citizens of the county.

But Fitzgerald said he now wants to spend more time with his son and family who live in Maryland.

“Our board works well together and I’m proud of the things we have been able to carry out. We had such a poor animal facility when I came on the board and now we have a beautiful animal shelter,” he said.

Fitzgerald added, “Our board has supported the schools with the building of two new facilities and the expansion of another during my time on the board, and we’ve also supported The Prizery and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center as well as Riverstone Technology Park.

But Fitzgerald said the accomplishment he was most proud of during his tenure was getting King’s Village Road admitted into the state highway system. He credited former VDOT Resident Engineer Joe Barkley with playing a key role in bringing the rutted, narrow lane into the state system, allowing the families who lived there to have a decent roadway.

“That thing went all the way to the Supreme Court,” he recalled.

Another official whose seat will be up for re-election is ED#2 Supervisor Tom West, who currently serves as chairman of the board. West said late yesterday that he has not made up his mind about running, but expects to make an announcement very soon of his intentions.

ED-3 school trustee Kim Farson, who currently serves as chairman of the School Board, also said she has yet to decide what she will do about making another run.

ED-6 school trustee Fay Satterfield told this News & Record that she has picked up a candidate packet with information about seeking re-election, and that she is beginning to gather signatures on her petition to seek office.

Candidates have until Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m. to announce their plans to run for office by picking up packets from the County Registrar’s Office in Halifax.



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