- Last Updated on 07:28 AM 05/13/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
With full support from his family, Earl Womack announced Friday he will seek the Election District 3 seat on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors in November’s election.
William I. Fitzgerald, who currently represents the district, announced last week he will not seek re-election to another term on the board.
Womack said after he personally spoke with Fitzgerald and learned he wouldn’t be seeking another term, he felt compelled to carry on the legacy and to do his part to help.
He recently picked up a packet from the Halifax County General Registrar’s Office and began
working to obtain the necessary signatures to secure a place on the ballot.
Womack said he believes he will be a vital addition to the board of supervisors table.
“I want to promote stability and be an advocate for foster care and supporter for the schools,” said Womack.
He currently serves as the department of transportation coordinator for Halifax County Public Schools.
Prior to making the decision to run for the board of supervisors ED-3 seat, Womack said he spoke with School Director of Transportation Dave Guill to get his opinion on whether or not taking on the responsibility would interfere with his work responsibilities.
Guill, who serves on the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors, told Womack serving on the board wouldn’t affect his work at all.
“I spoke with my family first, and they support me 100 percent. I’m going to keep going, going, going…my wife said to go for it, she had my back,” added Womack.
If elected Womack hopes to bring to light job stability and programs like foster care and other services to the community.
“We’ve lost a lot of jobs, and it trickles down to the kids,” he added.
Womack and his wife, Sharnell, are strong advocates for the foster care program and hope to bring similar programs to the county.
They decided to become foster/adoptive resource parents in 2000, and since then, their family has grown to include eight children who love their Rottweiler named Daisy.
The children include four boys and four girls, five being adopted and ranging in age from 2-year-old twins to their oldest who is 18. The home is comprised of Earl and Sharnell and 18-year-old Marquis, 16-year-old Tyree and 16-year-old Dontay, 15-year-old Sizette, 14-year-old Mia, 9-year-old Rashov and 2-year-old twins RayOnna and RaKayla.
According to Womack, he had been contemplating the decision for a while but didn’t make it final until he learned of Fitzgerald’s decision not to seek re-election.
“I didn’t want to step on his legacy,” added Womack.
However after receiving approval from Fitzgerald and speaking with other constituents, Womack said, “It made me feel 110 percent better and that I should go for it.
“My main goal is to help this community, and I feel I’ll be a vital addition to the board of supervisors table,” he concluded.
In addition to Womack, newcomer Larry Giordano has picked up a packet and announced his intentions to seek the ED-6 seat on the board of supervisors.
Giordano, who currently serves as president of the Turbeville Ruritan Club, announced his intentions after current ED-6 Supervisor Wayne Conner said last week he would not seek reelection to a third term on the board.
Also up for reelection in November is Supervisor Chairman Tom West who represents ED-2. West said last week he has not made a decision on whether he plans to run for another four-year term but he plans to make an announcement soon.