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Bowman seeks GOP nod in 16th

Friday, March 22, 2013

From Bulletin staff reports

Former Pittsylvania County economic development director Ken Bowman is seeking the Republican nomination for the 16th District House of Delegates seat.

Bowman’s wife, Brenda, said Thursday he has filed his paperwork and is an official candidate.

Bowman is seeking to run for the seat now held by Del. Don Merricks, R-Pittsylvania, who recently announced he will not seek a fourth two-year term in the House.

Les Adams, a Chatham lawyer, has announced that he also will seek the Republican nomination for the House seat.

Assuming all the paperwork and filings are in order, Adams and Bowman will face off in a primary on June 11.

Anyone interested in the seat has until next Thursday to file.

As of Thursday, no Democrats had filed or announced their intentions to run.

Henry County and Martinsville are part of the 16th District, along with most of Pittsylvania County.

Bowman was Pittsylvania’s economic development director for about four years, according to his wife, before the county board of supervisors earlier this month voted to shut down the county’s economic development office, leaving him without a job.

Bowman was unavailable for comment Thursday. Brenda Bowman, who is the county’s Chatham-Blairs District supervisor, said he was in meetings.

Brenda Bowman noted, however, that her husband lost his job at about the same time that Merricks announced he would not seek re-election. Leaders in the Pittsylvania County-Danville area encouraged Bowman to run, she said.

Running for political office was “not on his radar,” she said, but “it was an opportunity that presented itself.”

Bowman is a retired Army lieutenant colonel with 32 years of experience in the military. He served on the York County Board of Supervisors from 2003 until 2008, with stints as chairman and vice chairman, his wife said.

Referring to Merricks, Brenda Bowman said, “Don’s done so much for this area. Ken wants to continue in his footsteps.”


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