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Edmunds gets seat on tobacco commission

James Edmund, R-Halifax, who is serving his third term representing the 60th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, was appointed Tuesday to serve on the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

Edmunds is owner and operator of Edmunds Farms in Halifax.  He also owns and operates Non Typical Outdoors, a company producing and distributing seed plot mixes specifically formulated for wildlife.  

In addition, Edmunds has operated the Halifax County Fair for the past four years.  

A graduate of Averett College (now University), he is a fourth-generation, life-long resident of Halifax County and has been operating the family farm since his father’s untimely death in 1988.  He is married to the former Jennifer Wilkerson and has two children, Paul, 14, and Caroline, 10.

“Being appointed to the tobacco commission was one of my highest priorities.  I am extremely pleased to be able to have a direct impact on decisions made by the commission that affect so many farmers and businesses in the communities I represent,” said Edmunds.

The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission was established in 1999 for the purpose of determining how money received from the Tobacco Settlement would be distributed to provide relief for tobacco farmers and tobacco dependent communities.  

Speaker of the House of Delegate Bill Howell made the appointments.  

Howell said, “I am pleased to be able to call upon Delegate Edmunds to fill the slot on the tobacco commission left vacant after former Delegate Don Merricks of Chatham decided not to run for re-election last year. I know Delegate Edmunds will be a valuable asset in keeping the commission strong and vibrant.”

 “I couldn’t be happier,” said Commission Chairman, Delegate Terry Kilgore.  Kilgore added, “I am pleased to have Delegate Edmunds join the commission and welcome his fresh perspective and suggestions that he can bring to the work of the commission.”

Senator Frank Ruff (R-Mecklenburg) who also serves on the commission, voiced his support of Delegate Edmunds’ appointment.  

“James will be a valuable asset to the commission. Not only does he serve one of the largest tobacco growing districts, but he has developed a reputation as one who takes his responsibilities seriously,” Ruff said. 

Edmunds will attend his first official tobacco commission meeting, a special called meeting, on Thursday in Richmond.