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Owen, Voss to seek open Halifax County supervisor seats

SoVaNow.com / May 23, 2013
Two more candidates have stepped forward to run for the Halifax County Board of Supervisors in districts where the incumbents are not seeking re-election.

In ED-3, currently represented by William Fitzgerald, competition is shaping up with the entry of Ray Owen into the race. Owen confirmed yesterday that he has picked up a candidate filing packet from the registrar’s office and is working to obtain signatures to place his name on the ballot.

He is the second candidate to signal a run in November for the ED-3 seat. Earl Womack, coordinator of transportation for the Halifax County school system, also says he will seek election to the board.

Also this week, local hog farmer John Voss indicated he will run for the Board in ED-6, where current supervisor Wayne Conner is not seeking another term. Voss becomes the second announced candidate in the race, along with Larry Giordano.

The election is Nov. 5.

The ballot will settle contests for Board of Supervisors and School Board in three county election districts: ED-2, ED-3 and ED-6. Also on the ballot will the Commonwealth’s Attorney race — candidates thus far are Michael Freshour and Tracy Quackenbush Martin — and statewide elections for Virginia governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, and House of Delegates.

Owen, the supervisors’ candidate in ED-3, has been involved with county issues for over 12 years. He first served on the Highway Safety Committee after being appointed to the seat by former board chairman Joe Satterfield. He was later appointed by supervisor William Fitzgerald to the Halifax County Planning Commission, on which he has served for 12 years, currently as vice chairman.

Owen said yesterday that he will make a formal announcement of his candidacy after he has gotten his paperwork completed.

In ED-6, Voss said he decided two weeks ago that he would seek the seat to succeed Wayne Conner, who is retiring. “I wanted to be sure that farming was represented on the board by someone with conservative views,” Voss said.

The 44-year-old Voss has lived in Halifax County for the past 11 years and his hog farm in the area has been a good venture for him.

He noted the issue of uranium mining in nearby Pittsylvania County has been “a big topic” with him. “It’s certainly something I would rather not see. It would have some very bad long lasting effects if something were to go wrong.”

Voss also said he is interested in the education system. “It’s a long term problem and we just have to figure out where the money to support it is coming from,” he noted. He and his wife are expecting their first child later this summer.



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