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Proven integrity

SoVaNow.com / October 15, 2015

Dear Viewpoint:

I am concerned about the incorrect information and false accusations being dreamed up and created to deflate and injure the reputation of my friend Mr. J.T. Davis. These false accusations are being made by individuals as well as some current Board of Supervisor members. How unprofessional! Mr. Davis’ leadership ability and integrity of all things are being falsely attacked.

During my thirty-two (32) year career as Halifax County Agricultural Extension Agent I worked with Mr. Davis on numerous projects. One notable project was the Tobacco Program buyout controversy. Tobacco producers, politicians and health organizations were dead-locked concerning what to do with tobacco settlement monies. Politicians in non-tobacco producing counties/cities far exceeded the number of politicians representing tobacco communities. Health organizations such as the American Heart Assoc., etc. visualized tobacco as public enemy number one. Neither group was concerned about the impact on tobacco growers or their communities resulting from the buyout. Many tobacco producers had spent their life savings to buy tobacco quota in order to keep farming.

Mr. Davis and I discussed the situation and he quickly realized we had to recruit the support of our National Health organizations to get any compensation for our tobacco producers and loss to our community. Following the leadership of Mr. Davis we organized a two-day tour in Halifax County for Health organizations to visit and meet tobacco producers and their families on the farm. Seventeen health organizations attended the tour. We knew if the President of the American Heart Asso., American Lung Asso., etc. came and met with our producers and families good things would happen. These organizations were enlightened about the historical and current influence tobacco had on our farming industry and community. They realized the tobacco farmer was a hard working honest producer operating under a legal federal quota system.

These organizations returned to join forces with tobacco producers and the deal was made quickly. This effort resulted in the formation of the Tobacco Commission to administer the buyout program. What did this mean for Halifax tobacco allotment holders in Halifax County? Forty-four million dollars! (44 Million). Another $65 Million has been awarded to the county in grants. Scholarships for Halifax County students continue to be available as well. Would Halifax County have received these gains without Mr. Davis’ diligent efforts? The answer is NO! These monies would have built handicap ramps in Virginia Beach or some other urban project. I have worked with Mr. Davis on numerous projects such as ODEC Power Plant Location at Clover. I have found him to possess unique visioning capabilities, outstanding leadership and proven integrity.

I do not know his opponent but I speculate this conspiracy against Mr. Davis originates because of a deeper political motive. I encourage voters in his district to look at the real issues and then decide. I wish Mr. Davis was my Board of Supervisor member so I could vote for him.

Larry McPeters, Scottsburg


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