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Former school board member announces bid for supervisor

Former Halifax County School Board member Arthur Reynolds formally announced Wednesday his candidacy for the ED-3 seat on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor William I. Fitzgerald currently holds the seat, but he announced in May he would not seek re-election to a fourth term. 

When officially announcing his candidacy, the 30-year county resident said he has been involved in a number of planning and development projects that have helped the county improve its health system, school system and educational system. 

Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in animal science from Virginia State University. 

He currently serves on the Halifax Regional Hospital board and has been involved in the planning and development of the following projects:

Addition to and reconstruction of the hospital;

 Addition of the Seasons at the Woodview;

 The Meadow View Terrace at Clarksville;

 The Volens Medical Center; and

 The Halifax Primary Care Center and the Dental Center.

While serving on the school board for eight years, two as chairman, Reynolds was awarded the highest service award given a school board member by the Virginia School Board Association. 

He was involved in the planning and development of the construction of South Boston and Cluster Spring Elementary Schools, the STEM Center and Halifax County Middle School.

While serving on the Halifax Educational Foundation for 14 years, Reynolds said he was involved in the planning and development of The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and The Innovation Center.

He has been married to Margaret C. Reynolds for 48 years and is the father of eight children, all of which graduated from high school in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. 

Prior to his retirement, Reynolds worked for the United States Department of Agriculture as a supervisor in rural development for 15 years at the county level, three years as a state supervisor at the state level and 10 years at the national level in Washington as a program specialist. 

He served as a deacon at the County Line Baptist Church for more than 20 years and has been a Sunday school teacher at different churches.

“My reasons for running are to fight for and improve the growth, jobs and the planning for our county,” Reynolds said in a prepared statement. He wants to work to maintain an educational system “that will train our kids to complete for the new and existing jobs and to promote fairness to our school and other county personnel who give or have given so many years of service to make our county what it is today,” Reynolds added.

In the Nov. 5 election, Reynolds will face opposition for the ED-3 post from Halifax County School Transportation Coordinator Earl Womack and Vernon Hill resident Ray Owen.