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Supervisor seeks re-election citing a love for county

Supervisor Tom West announced Friday he will seek re-election to a sixth term on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors citing his love for community and concern about the economic vitality of the county.

“I’ve been involved in local government for a long time,” he said. “And I hope to continue to be involved.”

West said he is grateful for the support of the people in Election District-2.

“I’d like to thank them for allowing me to serve and represent them on the board of supervisors,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure, and I would appreciate them supporting me for another four years.

“If they have any concerns, I’d be glad to hear them,” West added.

Looking back over his almost two decades as a board member, the ED-2 supervisor said, “I don’t know where the time went.”

Initially elected to the board in 1994, West is seeking a sixth term on the county’s governing body.

West’s roots run deep in Halifax County.

He is married to Wilma Smith West, his high school sweetheart. They are the parents of three daughters, Debbie Shotwell, Ginger Owen and Jane Reeves. They also have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 “My family has been here forever, and I’m very concerned about the economy and the future of the county,” he said. “We’re all concerned about the economy and education and hopefully I can make a difference there.”

West said he stands on his record of service to the county and to constituents in ED-2, and he is looking forward to serving four more years as he works with fellow supervisors to continue moving the county forward.

As of Friday afternoon, West is the only candidate to have picked up a packet for the ED-2 seat on the board of supervisors.

In ED-3 currently represented by William I. Fitzgerald, a race is shaping up between Halifax County School Transportation Coordinator Earl Womack and former school board member Arthur Reynolds and Ray Owen who each picked up packets from the registrar’s office last week, according to Halifax County Registrar Judy Meeler.

ED-6 Supervisor E. Wayne Conner announced earlier this month he would not seek re-election paving the way for newcomers Larry Giordano of Turbeville and county hog farmer John Voss of the Union community to vie for that seat on the board.

November’s ballot will settle contests for the board of supervisors and school board in ED-2, ED-3 and ED-6.

Also up for election on Nov. 5 will be a county commonwealth’s attorney with current prosecutor Michael Freshour seeking re-election to the post while facing opposition from local attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin.


Statewide offices up for election include governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general and House of Delegates.