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Newcomer to run for Halifax County supervisors

SoVaNow.com / May 09, 2013
A newcomer to the local political scene has decided to toss his hat in the ring and seek election to the Halifax County Board of Supervisors in ED-6.

Larry Giordano, current president of the Turbeville Ruritan Club, has picked up a candidate packet from Halifax County Registrar Judy Meeler and is collecting signatures to run in November. The incumbent supervisor in ED-6, Wayne Conner, this week announced that he will not seek re-election (see related story, below).

Explaining his decision to run for the Board of Supervisors, Giordano said, “We’ve been here for 14 years, and people have been so nice to us. I want to give back to the community that has been so good to us and I hope that I have something to give.”

Giordano said he and his wife moved to Halifax County in 1999 and built their own home— a traditional log cabin which took them nearly two years to finish.

They came here from New Jersey, where he had a dental technician company with ten employees. He also worked for Airborne Express while in New Jersey.

After some 32 years in New Jersey, Giordano said he and his wife decided it was time for a change. They decided on Halifax County after receiving a pamphlet in the mail from a local real estate firm, showing local properties.

“When we saw South Boston, we thought ‘we don’t want to go to Massachusetts,’ but upon closer examination we found it was in Virginia,” he laughed.

After making two or three trips to Halifax County, Giordano said they found the place they wanted and with the help of Phyllis Powell, they completed the deal. He has spent the last five or six years raising Black Angus cattle while his wife works at Danville Regional Medical Center.

He is a member of Alton Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon. “Phyllis (Powell) invited us to go to church with her and we’ve been there ever since,” he says.

The couple has two grown children — a daughter who teaches sign language at a school for the deaf near Charlottesville, and another who teaches high school in Wilson, N.C. His son-in-law is also a first grade teacher.

Giordano laughed when noting that most people find his last name somewhat hard to pronounce, “so I’m generally just known around as ‘Larry G’,” he said.

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