Clark

Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark (center), accompanied by sheriff’s department investigator Jeff Burton (left) and his campaign manager, David Shapard (right), is applauded as he enters the Halifax County Circuit Court clerk’s office following his re-election to office Tuesday night. Clark will begin his third term as sheriff in January.

Sheriff Fred S. Clark cruised to a third four-year term in Tuesday’s election handily beating challenger John O. Tanner in a landslide victory.

Countywide, Clark polled 8,315 votes compared to 1,456 for Tanner.

Clark carried all 22 precincts, including the Central Absentee Precinct.

“First I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for his tender grace, love and mercy. Second, I’d like to thank my wife, Beverly, my children, Cullen, Sam and Issac, and all my family for being there for me,” said Clark.

He also expressed appreciation to his campaign managers, David and Jean Shapard, for their hard work and all his “awesome campaign committee members who are the best. Thanks for all you have done, and thank you to the citizens of Halifax County who put their trust in the sheriff’s office and me for another four years.

“Your voice spoke loudly tonight, and I am forever grateful to each of you. I have always run a clean campaign, and your voice showed today that you didn’t like the rhetoric. It’s enough of that going on in the country, and you showed tonight we don’t need it in Halifax County. We must stay united,” the sheriff said.

“Thank you to the citizens who voted for me today, put a sign in your yard or at a business, contributed to the campaign financially or in any way, your kindness is appreciated. Those of you who did not vote for me today, I will work harder to gain your support the next four years.

“I pledge to each of you that the sheriff’s office will continue to operate with the utmost respect, professionalism and integrity and provide you the best service possible. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to build on the foundation we started eight years ago of keeping Halifax County safe,” he added.

“I am glad this election is behind us now, so I can focus 100% on what I love and that is serving and protecting the citizens of Halifax County. I love this county, and I love you all. Thank you again, and God bless you, your family and God bless America,” Clark concluded.

Prior to becoming sheriff, Clark served Halifax County as a jail officer and deputy sheriff from 1987 to 1996, and he served as magistrate from 2002 to 2008.

Three constitutional officers were unopposed in their bids to return to office at their various posts.

Commonwealth’s attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin received 8,266 votes after running unopposed for a second four-year term, and Brenda Powell also was unopposed and received 8,367 votes for another four-year term as commissioner of revenue.

Ken Buckley’s name also appeared on the ballot along with Powell. He withdrew his name from the race in September, but it was too late to have it removed from the ballot.

Ruth S. Oakes polled 8,729 votes and was elected to a four-year term as treasurer after running unopposed for the post.

Martin has been the commonwealth’s attorney since 2014.

Oakes assumed the duties of treasurer in 2015 following the retirement of veteran Halifax County treasurer Linda S. Foster.

She has been employed by the county treasurer’s office since Jan. 1, 1986 and began serving as chief deputy treasurer in 1996.

Powell has been serving in the commissioner of the revenue’s office for 46 years.

She became a certified master commissioner of revenue in 2012.