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No Surprises In South Boston, Halifax Elections

There were no surprises and little interest in Tuesday’s municipal elections in the towns of Halifax and South Boston with all candidates running unopposed.

“Voter turnout was generally very light in Halifax and South Boston,” said Halifax County General Registrar Judy Meeler. “There was more activity in Virgilina, though.”

The only election that generated much interest was in Virgilina where seven candidates were vying for six seats on town council. Each Virgilina Town Council member is elected for a two-year term.

Incumbent Virgilina Mayor Ralph O. Murray Jr. won reelection with 26 votes of confidence.

Incumbent council members Kirke C. Hooper, R. Owen Murray Sr., Thomas Keith Tuck Jr., Tammy H. Elliott and R. Edward Chandler Jr. won reelection, along with newcomer Catherine A. Ellixson. Jason H. Johnson lost in his bid for reelection.

Vote totals in the race for Virgilina Town Council were Hooper—23; Murray—18; Johnson—17; Tuck—25; Elliott—21; Chandler—22; and Ellixson—25.

In the town of Halifax, Gilbert F. ‘Dick’ Moore was elected mayor with 81 votes of confidence.

In the town’s Ward A, political newcomer Thomas Roy “Tom” Brown Jr. was elected to council with a total of 10 votes. Brown succeeds incumbent Councilman Cabel Daniel who chose not to seek reelection.

Incumbent Edward T. “Tommy” Reagan was elected to council in Ward B with nine votes of confidence. Reagan was appointed to town council on July 1, 2008 to replace Allen Stevens who resigned as of that date.

In Ward C, incumbent Councilman Samuel Jackson “Jack” Dunavant Jr. was reelected to council with 12 votes. Dunavant has served for the past 20 years on council and also as vice-mayor.

Halifax Planning Commission member Phillip J. “Phil” Hammond Jr. was elected to council representing Ward D with 39 votes.

Hammond replaces Dick Moore who will vacate the seat when he assumes the office of mayor.

In the town of South Boston, three incumbent councilmen were running unopposed for reelection.

Vice-Mayor Edward “Ed” Owens was reelected to council with 132 votes.

W.R. “Bill” Snead garnered 100 votes of confidence in his bid for reelection, and D. Coleman Speece won reelection to council with 103 votes.

The town of Scottsburg did not have a municipal election this year, according to Meeler. Scottsburg elected its full town council in 2008 for a four-year term, and the next municipal election in Scottsburg will be in 2012, Meeler said.