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Local lineup set for November election / August 18, 2014

The field is set for the November elections, which includes competitive local races for Clerk of Circuit Court and for Board of Supervisors in ED-3.

However, no late candidates stepped forward to qualify by Friday’s 5 p.m. filing deadline, leaving the ballot lineup unchanged since last week.

The November election will feature voting for uncontested town offices in Halifax and Virgilina, as well as competition for U.S. Senate in Virginia and U.S. House of Representatives in the Fifth District.

However, the marque local races Nov. 4 will be in special elections to replace longtime court clerk Robert “Bobby” Conner, who retired at the end of 2013, and ED-3 supervisor Earl Womack, who resigned early in his tenure as supervisor.

The candidates for Clerk of Court are Cathy Cosby, the interim clerk appointed to succeed Conner, and Donnie Amos, a South Boston educator making his first run for local office.

In ED-3, Ray Owen, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Womack, will seek to win the special election to fill out Womack’s term of office. He will face competition from Hubert Pannell. Both candidates hail from the Vernon Hill area.

In non-competitive races, four members of Halifax Town Council — Janis Powell, Dennis Witt, Jack Dunavant and Kristy Johnson — are seeking re-election. Also running unopposed for another term is Halifax Mayor Dick Moore.

In Virgilina, Mayor Ralph Murray Jr. is running unopposed. Also on the ballot, without competition, are six members of Virgilina Town Council: Catherine Ellixson, Kirke Campbell Hooper, Jason H. Johnson, Norman B. Talley, Samuel M. Torain and Thomas Keith Tuck Jr.

In Congressional races, incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Warner faces a challenger from Republican nominee Ed Gillespie. In the Fifth District, incumbent GOP Rep. Robert Hurt is opposed by Democratic nominee Lawrence Gaughan, a Charlottesville actor and political activist.

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Imagine if Jimmy Carter was keeping an eye on this election as he sometimes does in other countries. What would he think about only 2 candidates of 4 even being mentioned? Our top line in getting signatures was that we weren't Democrats or Republicans. With so much at stake in our world today it comes at a high cost to have our elections distorted by the media, as in this case. I've written a book about this by the way, entitled "Election Spoilers." The spoilers are those who censor more reasonable candidates. And then they wonder why the world is so messed up. "Blessed are the Censors, for they shall inhibit the Earth!," stated MAD's Alfred E. Neuman in the June 1970 issue. They do, and it's no laughing matter.


Regarding my earlier comment, I'm referring to Virginia's 5th Congressional District for the US House of Representatives.

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