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Supervsiors hopeful runs write-in campaign in ED-1 / October 03, 2019
A write-in candidate is bringing competition to the ED-1 election on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors with the retirement of J.T. Davis at the end of the year.

Darby McGeorge has emerged as the second declared candidate in the race, but unlike Calvin “Ricky” Short, who filed in June, McGeorge’s name won’t be on the ballot.

“I initially qualified to be on the ballot,” said McGeorge, explaining that he decided to withdraw after getting advice from his doctor that he needed to undergo surgery for an injury. When that turned out not to be the case, he jumped back into the contest.

“I didn’t qualify but I still wanted to run, so I figured the next thing is, I could run as a write-in candidate,” he said.

McGeorge, who moved to the Liberty area of ED-1 some 20 years ago, said he was motivated to run “because we need a lot of work here in Nathalie. We need high speed internet, we need affordable housing, we need job opportunities” and “we constantly see our taxes going up.

“I don’t see [any] differences here. I feel like Nathalie has been neglected. We’re not getting what we deserve like the rest of the county,” he said.

The neglect shows up in small ways — McGeorge pointed to the faded “Welcome to Halifax County” sign that motorists see as they cross over the Staunton River into Halifax — and infrastructure of fiber optic broadband already in place, running under L.P. Bailey Highway, that locals can’t tap into.

“I’ve been in other areas where cell phone service worked everywhere. I’d like to see some 21st century technology and job creation here.”

McGeorge also said he is for lowering taxes “across the board” and reducing regulations on businesses in the county. He also faulted the county’s approach on renovating the courthouse and whether to build a new high school, saying lack of maintenance helped create both problems. “They let additional problems branch off that issue,” resulting in “a total waste of money.”

McGeorge, who says he is retired, formerly owned a landscaping company and janitorial service in the Durham-Hillsborough, N.C. area, and has served as a deputy sheriff, volunteer firefighter and emergency first responder in Person County. He and his wife have grown children who have gone through the Halifax County school division, and they are raising a grandson who is currently a student at the middle school.

Yards signs have popped up in the Nathalie area for both candidates in the race, and McGeorge says he is working to overcome Short’s advantage as the only named candidate on the ballot by going out and meeting voters. He said he is holding town hall-style meet-and-greet events in all three precincts of ED-1 — Childrey, Liberty and Republican Grove — and hopes to take part in the Chamber of Commerce candidate forum in the district, set for Thursday, Oct. 17 at the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department.

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If he is for cutting taxes then you people in 1 need to vote for him.


Thank you everyone for your support in getting the word out for Darby McGeorge running for our district, He will make and be a GREAT Board of Supervisor!

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