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Harrell tapped to fill seat on SoBo council

South Boston Town Council voted unanimously Monday afternoon to appoint Winston Harrell to fill the vacancy created when former Councilman Edward Owens was elected mayor.  

An election will be held in May for the seat to which Harrell was appointed, and his term will expire June 30.

Harrell was one of two candidates seeking to fill the vacancy that occurred when Owens was elected mayor following the death of former Mayor Carroll Thackston.

Council held the special meeting Monday in council chambers where members conducted interviews with the pair of potential candidates.

Harrell, a dispatcher who has worked in human resources at R. O. Harrell, Inc. of South Boston for over five years, is active in numerous community and civic organizations.

Prior to going to work at R. O. Harrell, Inc., Harrell served more than two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia.

He is a 2000 graduate of Hargrave Military Academy and a 2004 graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a BA in history.

A member of the South Boston Lions Club, Harrell served as president from 2011-2012 and is a member of the Lions Board of Directors for District 24B. He currently is a member of the board of directors for The Prizery and serves as president of The Good Samaritan.

Harrell serves as a member of the board of directors for the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce and is vice president of the Hargrave Military Academy Alumni Association. 

He is an elder at First Presbyterian Church where he previously served as a deacon.