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Graham fills vacant seat on South Hill Town Council

SoVaNow.com / December 16, 2020


South Hill Town Council appointed a new member Monday night to fill the shoes of Leroy Sasser, who died last month after a brief illness.

Alex Graham, owner of Graham Hardware, will represent Ward 2 on Town Council for the balance of Sasser’s term, which ends July 1, 2022.

He was elected by the existing members on a vote of 5-2, with only Gavin Honeycutt and Shep Moss voting in opposition. Also vying for the seat was Chris Hardee, co-owner of Hardee Ford. Voting to appoint Graham were Lillie Feggins-Boone, Delores Luster, Mike Moody, and Ben Taylor and Joseph Taylor.

Supporters spoke in favor of both candidates ahead of the vote, among them longtime South Hill Fire Chief Rosser Wells, Harper’s Jewelry storeowner Sandra Kinker, and Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Deputy Jamie Thomas, who advocated for Graham. Michelle Edmonds, Denny Hardee, and Randy Crocker spoke in favor of naming Hardee.

Mike Berryman and Jeremy Lynch emailed in letters of support — Berryman for Graham and Lynch for Hardee.

Graham, who is married to Sasser’s niece, has been a resident of South Hill since 1977, served as deputy chief of the South Hill Volunteer Fire Department under Wells, on the Board of Zoning Appeals and as a board director of the South Hill Chamber of Commerce.

Graham stressed his ability to communicate and work with people, regardless of their educational or economic status, as qualities that suited him for a seat on Council.

Hardee, who was unable to attend the meeting, sent a video message that highlighted his involvement with and sponsorship of youth sports teams and local school events and his service as a founding member of the Lake Country Young Professionals and support for the South Hill Chamber of Commerce and the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

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