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Hatcher, Hopkins to vie for School Board in ED-2

SoVaNow.com / June 06, 2013
Residents of ED=2 will have a choice for Halifax County School Board in the November General Election as two women have announced their intentions to run for trustee from that district.

Lisa Hatcher, who will have a ninth grader at Halifax County High School next year, picked up a filing packet from County Registrar Judy Meeler at the end of last week, and she is circulating petitions to get her name on the ballot. “My goal is to turn in my names by this Friday,” she said late Tuesday.

The other candidate is incumbent school trustee Karen Hopkins, who earlier indicated she would not run for re-election but said this week she has changed her mind.

The election is set for Nov. 5. Local races on the ballot include three Board of Supervisors and School Board seats and Commonwealth’s Attorney.

In running for School Board, Hatcher said she feels it is important that members have children in the schools — something that should help them be aware of what is going on with the students and faculties. “I want to focus on the teachers and the people who keep our schools running — the cafeteria workers and sanitation employees — all who do the daily work. I feel like they sometimes are not at the forefront.

“I just want what is best for all our children as we come together and work on a united front. My goal is to be a voice for the people of my district.”

Hopkins announced her plans to run again Monday after saying that she would not run.

“I have received such an outpouring of support from so many people, many of them not even in my district,” Hopkins said. She said she changed her mind after talking with her husband and her children about running. She picked up a packet to begin collecting names earlier this week.

“After having been on the board for four years and serving as board chairman for one of those years, I learned so much — many things I had never before considered.”

Another major consideration struck her, she said, as she attended last week’s Class Day ceremony at Clays Mill Elementary School. “It’s a great little school. I attended it as have my children, and I feel like I want to lend my support to all they do for our children.”

Hopkins said that after thinking about all the issues facing the board, she decided that she would seek re-election, hoping that her experience would enable her to do be a very effective member of the board.

According to County Registrar Judy Meeler, two other school board members have turned in their names and are qualified to run in November — Board chairman Kim Farson in ED-3 and Fay Satterfield in ED-6.

Also having qualified to run for the Board of Supervisors are Larry Giardano in ED-6 and both Earl Womack and Arthur Reynolds in ED-2.

Also having qualified to run for Commonwealth’s Attorney for Halifax County is Tracy Quackenbush Martin.

Christy Johnson has qualified to run for a seat on Halifax Town Council in Ward D.

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I am very happy Karen decided to stay on. Karen is good for education in Halifax Co.


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