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November ballot nearly filled
No one files by deadline for Collinsville school board seat
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
By FROM BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
A full slate of candidates emerged before Tuesday’s deadline to run for local elections — except one.
No one beat the 7 p.m. deadline to file for the Collinsville District seat on the Henry County School Board.
“I am baffled, because that is such a wonderful opportunity for someone,” Henry County Registrar Elizabeth Stone said of the seat that now is held by Kathy Rogers, who is not seeking re-election. “We have a lot of parents out here with children in the school system, and this was a wonderful opportunity” for someone to get involved and help make a difference.
“They’ve had time” to pick up a packet and collect signatures, Stone said. “And, it’s been advertised” that the position was open.
“It’s too late now” for anyone to file, she said as she looked at the clock and realized it was 7:02 p.m.
The seat will be filled by the top write-in vote-getter in November. Only Collinsville District voters will select the candidate, and the winner must be a Collinsville resident, Stone said.
She and others in her office already are discussing how to handle that situation in the Nov. 5 election.
“We may need more voting machines because” some voters may have to think about how to write in a candidate or who to write in, Stone said.
That would “tie up the voting line” and be unfair to voters who do not want to write in a candidate, she said.
Currently under consideration is an optical scan, or basically an AccuVote-type ballot that is used to scan absentee ballots when they are received in Stone’s office, she said.
The touch screen voting system generally is used at county polls, she said.
Martinsville voters cast their ballots through the scanner system, which uses a paper ballot that is fed through the ballot machine and counted, Stone said.
“We use the AccuVote ballot anyway for the mailed absentee ballot, and we have four of those machines,” Stone said only two of the four would be needed to count the absentee ballots.
She estimated that renting/leasing two more — for a total of four — would be enough for the Collinsville District. The county would pay any associated fees, she added.
“Right now, we don’t know what we will do yet,” Stone said. But, the write-in contest “will require some planning.”
The November ballot will include:
Incumbent Iriswood District Supervisor Milton Kendall will seek a second term. He will be challenged by John Patrick “Pat” Favero Jr. of Chatmoss.
Incumbent Collinsville District Supervisor Joe Bryant will by challenged by Randy Scott for the post.
Henry County Board of Supervisor Jim Adams, Blackberry District, is unopposed in his bid for re-election.
Candidates on the ballot for the Blackberry District seat on the Henry County School Board are Henry County Sheriff’s deputy Michael Hooper and retired educator Thomas “Tom” Auker.
Iriswood District representative Curtis Millner is running unopposed.
A race for the Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney post also is expected to be on the November ballot. Commonwealth’s Attorney Bob Bushnell announced he will leave that office after he becomes a juvenile and domestic relations court judge.
Stone said there is no vacancy until July 1. After that, candidates can circulate their petitions, and they will have until Aug. 16 to file, she added.
Attorney and former assistant commonwealth’s attorney H. Clay Gravely IV is seeking to oust incumbent Commonwealth’s Attorney Joan Ziglar.
Martinsville Sheriff Steve Draper; Ruth Easley, commissioner of revenue; and Cindy Dickerson, treasurer, are unopposed in their re-election bids.
Tom Bishop is challenging incumbent Roger Hayden for the Dan River District seat on the Patrick County Board of Supervisors, according to registrar Susan Taylor.
Crystal Harris is running unopposed for re-election to the Smith River District seat on the Patrick County Board of Supervisors.
Also contested is the Dan River District seat on the Patrick County School Board, with incumbent Quinn Brim facing Kandy Burnett.
On Tuesday, J.D. Morse announced that he would run against H. David Collins Jr. for the Smith River District School Board seat.
Also on the state ballot in November will be incumbent Del. Danny Marshall, R-Danville, who is seeking to retain his 14th House District seat against Gary Miller, a Democrat.
Mary Martin, a former member of the Henry County School Board, filed the needed paperwork to seek the 14th District House seat as an independent candidate, according to records filed in the registrar’s office.
She will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today in the Irisburg Ruritan Building concerning her candidacy.
Incumbent 9th District Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Glade Hill, is unopposed in his re-election bid.