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Three of four county constitutional officers announce re-election bids

It’s almost unanimous.  Three of four Halifax County constitutional officers up for re-election will run for another four-year term, including Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White, Sheriff Stanley Noblin and Commissioner of the Revenue Brenda Powell.

Halifax County Treasurer Linda Foster is still deciding.

White said Friday she would seek a third four-year term as commonwealth’s attorney.

White, commonwealth’s attorney since January 2004, ran unopposed under the Republican banner in 2007.

She previously served as deputy commonwealth’s attorney for the City of Lynchburg and was a partner with Woods Rogers.

Her focus has been gang violence and Internet safety issues.

“Yes I do intend to seek re-election,” White said Friday, adding the timing for others announcing their intentions to run for office may be pushed way back due to redistricting.

The Virginia General Assembly will determine the primary date for the election cycle this year, but the date of the general election is set for Nov. 8.

“It looks like the timing for officially announcing for office may be pushed way back due to redistricting,” said White.

Noblin said Friday he “was definitely planning on running” for re-election as sheriff.

“We want to continue the hard work the sheriff’s department has done the past four years.

“It was an easy decision.  “We’ve done a lot and we have a lot more to do,” added Noblin, referring to the ongoing accreditation process, which he estimated would be complete by mid-summer.

“I’d like to thank all the deputies for their hard work in helping to achieve many accomplishments over the last three years,” Noblin said.

“I’d also like to thank the citizens of Halifax County for the confidence they have placed in the sheriff’s office and ask them to grant us another four years because we’ve got a lot left to accomplish,” he added.

Noblin, who ran as an Independent in the last election, unseated incumbent Jeff Oakes.

He is seeking his second four-year term as sheriff.

Powell is running for a second four-year term as commissioner of the revenue.

“I’ll be proud to serve the people again,” said Powell, noting her 37 years of experience, 34 in the commissioner’s office.

The Scottsburg native took over as commissioner Jan. 1, 2007 when former Commissioner Danny Jackson retired.

Powell sought office as an Independent and was unopposed in her bid for office four years ago, but she faces opposition from at least one announced candidate.

South Boston native Leigh Fuller Edwards, a certified residential real estate appraiser, announced in November she would oppose Powell in the Nov. 8 general election.

Independent Linda Foster said yesterday she hasn’t decided on whether to run for another term as Halifax County Treasurer, a post she’s held since 1986.

Foster, who first began working in the office in 1966 when Cecil Anderson served as county treasurer, was unopposed in her bid for re-election in 2007.

“I’m currently weighing my options,” said Foster.

“It’s either retirement or keep on working.  I hope to make a decision in the next two months.”