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Voters Head To Polls Tuesday

Halifax County voters will go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and House of Delegates representative.

Voters in Election Districts (ED) 2, 3 and 6 will vote for supervisor candidates and school board representatives, and ED 1 voters will vote in a special election to filled the unexpired seat of former Supervisor R. E. “Dickie” Abbott who died last year.

County voters also will decide whether or not supervisors can levy a food and beverage tax, also known as a meals tax (see separate story).

Not on the ballot tomorrow is a referendum on whether mixed drinks should be sold in Halifax County.

A proposed liquor-by-the-drink referendum failed to make the ballot after advocates were unable to gather enough qualifying signatures, Chamber of Commerce President Nancy Pool confirmed earlier this month.

In the governor’s race, voters will choose between Republican Robert F. “Bob” McDonnell and Democrat R. Creigh Deeds.

Republican William T. “Bill” Bolling is running for reelection as lieutenant governor. He is being challenged by Democrat Jody M. Wagner.

The attorney general’s race features Republican State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli and Democratic Del. Steve Shannon.

County voters also will cast ballots for the 60th District House of Delegates’ seat.

Current Supervisor Vice-Chairman James Edmunds is running unopposed in the 60th District which includes Halifax and Charlotte counties as well as parts of Prince Edward and Nottoway counties.

The Republican is seeking his first two-year term. He is running unopposed for the seat held by Delegate Clarke Hogan, who is not seeking reelection to a fifth term.
Democratic nominee David Guill of Charlotte County withdrew his bid for the 60th District seat in late August leaving Edmunds a clear field in his first run for state office.

Also on Tuesday’s election ballot will be four incumbent supervisors who are running unopposed for their respective offices. They are ED-1 Supervisor J. T. Davis, ED-2 Supervisor Tom West, ED-3 Supervisor William Fitzgerald and ED-6 Supervisor Wayne Conner.

One incumbent and five newcomers also are running for three seats on the Halifax County School Board in tomorrow’s election.

Veteran school board member Arthur Reynolds Sr. is seeking reelection to the board from ED-3. He is being challenged by businesswoman, wife and mother Kim Farson from Vernon Hill.

Steve Anderson, current board chairman, chose not to seek reelection to another term, and two candidates are seeking his seat in ED-2. Facing off for the seat being vacated by Anderson are Karen Hopkins, a nursing instructor at the SVHEC and wife and mother, and Mark T. Irby, who is employed in the construction industry, and who also is a husband and father of three.

Long-time board member Mac McDowell is not seeking reelection in ED-6. Vying for his seat on the board are local businessman Stanley Brandon and retired elementary teacher and counselor Fay Satterfield.

Voter registrar Judy Meeler said she expects about 30 percent of the county’s 23,042 registered voters to turn out for tomorrow’s election.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.