Election district two candidates and election district three candidates will share their views on local issues at a virtual candidate forum sponsored by the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday (tonight) starting at 6 p.m.
The candidate forum will be broadcasted live on the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page, and Nick Long of 95.3 WHLF will serve as the moderator.
ED-2 candidates Larry D. Roller, who is seeking a seat on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, and Roy Keith Lloyd, who is seeking a seat on the school board, have been invited to give an introduction and statement on where they stand on current local issues. They’re both running unopposed.
Roller has served on the board of supervisors since 2019 as the tiebreaker. He is a native of Halifax County and worked for Halifax County Public Schools as director of operations and maintenance for 24 years prior to his retirement.
Lloyd has served on the school board since 2018, and he is a director for the Southside Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program.
Following their opening statements, election district three candidates will be given a chance to share opening statements before answering questions about local issues.
The public and Chamber members were given the chance to submit questions prior to the forum.
Seeking the ED-3 seat on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors are incumbent Hubert Pannell and newcomer Amy J. Gautier.
Pannell, current chairman of the board of supervisors, has served on the board since 2014. In addition to serving on the board, he also serves as a pastor of Hackberry Missionary Baptist Church and as a teacher’s assistant at Halifax County High School.
Gautier previously served as a councilwoman in Boydton for four years prior to moving to Halifax County nine years ago. Since moving to Halifax County, she has worked as a contract counselor for Halifax County Public Schools, and she and her husband volunteer with the Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department.
Three candidates are seeking the ED-3 seat on the school board, Thomas J. Lee, Melissa Hicks and Sandra Garner-Coleman.
Lee worked in law enforcement for 40 years before his retirement from the New York State Sheriff’s Association, where he was a member of the training academy. He made the move to Halifax County in 2017 to live with his wife after their marriage in December 2016.
Hicks previously worked in a tutoring and learning center in Pasadena, California and currently teaches private piano lessons, while her husband Richard has worked as a college professor.
Garner-Coleman has served on the school board since 2018 and is running a write-in campaign. She is a retired math teacher from Halifax County High School, and previously worked as a GED teacher at Camp 23.
Another forum will be held for the election district six candidates at 6 p.m. Oct. 20.
For additional information on the forums, call 434-572-3085 or visit www.halifaxchamber.net.