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Earl Womack steps down as Halifax County supervisor
SoVaNow.com / February 03, 2014Newly elected county supervisor Earl Womack resigned Monday night at the Halifax County Board of Supervisors meeting in Halifax.
Womack recently stepped down as school transportation coordinator, citing ill health. After resigning from the school position, Womack initially indicated he would continue to serve as supervisor for Election District 3.
He offered no reason for his resignation in a letter addressed to ED-3 constituents and county citizens.
In his one request to board members, Womack asked to be replaced by an African-American representative, citing the electoral makeup of the district.
The letter, dated Feb. 3 and provided to members of the press, was not read aloud or discussed by fellow supervisors during the open portion of the Board’s monthly meeting. It reads, in part:
“After hours of thoughts and discussion with my family, friends and numerous constituents, I have decided to resign my seat on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors.
“It is my feeling that this is in the best interest of all concerned. This resignation is effective immediately.
“It is my request that the Board of Supervisors fill this seat with an African-American temporary replacement pending a special election.
“This district was designated by the Justice Department as a minority district which has a voter ratio of approximately 67 percent African-American and 33 percent white. This is reflected by combined vote for Arthur Reynolds and I, versus Ray Owen [in the November 2013 election].
“To the citizens of ED-3, I thank you for your support and continued encouraging words through the election to now. I want you to remember God has everything under control.”
The supervisors did not react immediately to Womack’s resignation. Following their open session, the supervisors went into closed executive session.”
This story will be updated.
- By anne nonymous on 02 / 03 / 14
- By anne nonymous on 02 / 03 / 14
CommentsShould the request of a thief be considered?? Stealing from the schools is stealing from children. Not to mention taxpayers.
- By OMG on 02 / 04 / 14
CommentsCan a Caucasian person not represent an African American person?? This is the most racist comment I have heard in quite a while. If a Caucasian person said a comment of this type, NAACP would be knocking on the door.
- By BlindToColor on 02 / 04 / 14
CommentsPlease appoint another black person to the position. This is only fair since this one was a bad apple. Politics in Halifax County is pathetic. For this guy to have the audacity to ask that a color be appointed to the BOS is a disgrace. Dr. Martin Luther King would be ashamed of Womack. "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Maybe one day Dr. King, but not now.
- By Wow on 02 / 04 / 14
CommentsThis Irish-American doesn't under stand why this man even ran for election knowing what he had done,Womack is the RACIST, and it seems White people are the minority in E-3 area an he only won by 4 votes. Can't see racism there?
- By None racist Caucasian on 02 / 05 / 14
CommentsDid a group of racists elect this looser in that sad district. He should be investigated and charged if he committed a crime, as Noblin was. It appears that there will be a "WHITEWASH" of Womacks activities at the school board. This racist speaks poorly of Halifax County to have ever elected him.Now our board of supes has to decide wheather to appoint a black, as this alleged criminal requested.
- By What on 02 / 05 / 14
CommentsThis is the one reason I left halifax county because of racist individuals , guess halifax is never going to grow only go backwards with this kind of issues, halifax still fighting the civil war !!!!!
- By bill on 02 / 10 / 14
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