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Special election date to be set

Halifax County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Freshour is set to fill the position of acting commonwealth’s attorney, following the appointment of Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White to the 10th Judicial Circuit last week.

“By statute, the chief deputy in the office assumes the position as commonwealth’s attorney,” White said Tuesday.

The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will request the circuit court judges to set a special election date for the commonwealth’s attorney, which could be held at the same time as any general election, according to White.

This November would be too soon, she added.

The board of supervisors has to issue the request for a special election within 15 days of the vacancy, the day when White gets the official paperwork from the governor and gets sworn in.

That will be any day, White said Tuesday.

Freshour said Tuesday he plans on running for the office of Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney in the next election “and prove to the citizens of Halifax County I deserve the job.”

A native of Portsmouth, Freshour has lived in Italy, Maryland, Tidewater and Spotsylvania before moving to Southside in 2000.

He graduated from the University of Virginia and attended law school at Oklahoma University School of Law.

Freshour has been a deputy commonwealth’s attorney for seven and a half years and served as a public defender for three and a half years prior to that.

A Halifax County resident since 2001, Freshour currently lives in South Boston with his wife, Melissa Fraser, and their four children.

White was appointed to the bench of the 10th Judicial Circuit last Friday.

The 10th Judicial Circuit includes circuit courts in the counties of Halifax, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg,
Mecklenburg and Prince Edward.

Chief Judge Leslie M. Osborn and Presiding Judge Joel C. Cunningham currently serve Halifax Circuit Court and the 10th Judicial Circuit, and White will fill a vacancy on the bench created when Judge Richard S. Blanton retired.

An appointment has yet to be made to a vacancy on the bench in Halifax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, an opening created when Michael Rand retired earlier this year.

White, along with circuit court judges Osborn and Cunningham are expected to confer and fill that vacancy, once White assumes the bench.