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Wade seeks to go from tiebreaker to supervisor; more get filing packets / March 28, 2019

The field of contenders for local office continues to take shape, well ahead of the June 11 deadline for candidates to file for the Nov. 5 general election.

The latest hopeful to have his or her name placed on the ballot is Jimmy Wade of Halifax, who is running for Halifax County Board of Supervisors in Election District 5. Wade, who currently serves as tiebreaker for the eight-member county board, qualified this week to run for Board of Supervisors. ED-5 is currently represented by supervisor Joey Rodgers of Scottsburg.

Rodgers has not made an announcement on whether he plans to seek a second term. Also expressing an interest in running for the ED-5 supervisors seat is Robert Smart of Scottsburg, who picked up a candidate filing packet from the voter registrar’s office weeks ago. Smart has not turned in a completed packet.

Meantime, picking up a filing packet this week was Thomas Logan of Halifax, who ran unsuccessfully for county sheriff in 2015. Logan did not indicate what office he may seek when he received the filing packet from County Registrar Heather Harding.

Also picking up a packet this week was longtime School Board trustee Walter Potts, who represents ED-8.

A number of prospective candidates have picked up packets, but only a handful have been certified for the fall ballot. They include the county’s incumbent constitutional officers: Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Q. Martin, Commissioner of Revenue Brenda Powell, Treasurer Ruth Anne Oakes, and Sheriff Fred Clark. Of that group, only Clark has an opponent: John Tanner of Clover, who also is qualified for the ballot.

The only other race with two certified candidates is for ED-1 School Board. Incumbent trustee Orey Hill faces a challenge by Kathy Fraley. Both are from the Nathalie area.

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