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16 candidates step up for county races

A total of 16 potential candidates picked up packets to run for office from Halifax County Registrar Judy Meeler by Tuesday evening’s 7 p.m. deadline.

According to Meeler, Halifax Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin and interim Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Freshour are each seeking the county prosecutor’s position in the Nov. 5 election.

Freshour is seeking election to the post he has held since August 2012 when he was sworn in to fill the vacancy created after former Commonwealth’s Attorney Kimberly S. White was appointed a circuit court judge.

Quackenbush Martin has been an attorney representing citizens of Halifax County for 15 years.

Two of the three election districts with races for Halifax County Board of Supervisors also will feature competition in this fall’s election.

Current Supervisor Chairman Tom West is running unopposed in his re-election bid for the ED-2 post, but races are shaping up for seats in ED-3 and ED-6.

After ED-3 Supervisor William Fitzgerald announced last month he did not plan to seek a fourth term on the board, Halifax County School Transportation Coordinator Earl Womack said he felt compelled to carry on the legacy and to do his part to help.

Womack is expected to face opposition for the ED-3 supervisor’s seat from Ray Owen and former School Board member Arthur Reynolds Sr.

In ED-6, incumbent supervisor Wayne Conner confirmed last month he has no plans to seek re-election to a third term on the board.

Vying for the seat in November will be John Voss, owner of Voss Farm’s Inc. on Deer View Trail in South Boston, and Lawrence “Larry” Giordano of Turbeville.

Three seats on the county school also are up for election with two incumbent board members facing opposition.

Incumbent ED-2 trustee and former board Chairman Karen Hopkins first announced she would not seek re-election to a second term. However, she later had a change of mind and announced as a candidate.

She faces opposition from newcomers Lisa Hatcher and Ida Terry, both of Scottsburg.

School Board Chairman Kimberly Farson is running unopposed in her bid for re-election to a second term as the ED-3 representative.

In ED-6, incumbent school board member Fay Satterfield faces a challenge from retired educator Rita Best who brings 34 years of teaching experience to the position.

Also in the November election, Town of Halifax residents will go to the polls to elect a Ward D representative.

Current Halifax Town Council member Kristy Johnson, who was appointed to the Ward D seat following the resignation of former Councilman Phil Hammond, is seeking the post this fall.

Currently the director of business development and operations at Riverstone Energy Center, Johnson formerly served as operations manager for the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority.

In the Town of South Boston, Jim Debiec has thrown his hat in the ring for the seat on town council formerly occupied by Connie Manning and currently occupied on an interim basis by former Councilman Morris Bryant.

A native of North Dakota, Debiec, a retired executive with Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, moved to South Boston 23 years ago.