Election victory

Robin Coles-Goard has her picture taken with Vincent Shorter. Coles-Goard was elected as Commissioner of the Revenue in Pittsylvania County. Shorter was re-elected as the county treasurer. 

History was made in Pittsylvania County Tuesday, Nov. 5 as Robin Coles-Goard was elected as Pittsylvania County’s new commissioner of revenue. 

Coles-Goard is the first African American — and first African American female — to be elected to a constitutional office in Pittsylvania County. 

The constitutional office will be filled beginning in 2020 with the retirement of current commissioner Shirley Hammock. 

Coles-Goard won the election with 8,983 votes over opponent Kristin Worsham, who received 6,062 votes. 

The margin of victory for Coles-Goard was 59.60 percent compared to Worsham who received 40.22 percent. The remaining was write-in votes. 

“I thank God for giving me this opportunity to seek the office of commissioner of revenue. Secondly, I want to thank all the citizens of Pittsylvania County that elected me into the office of commissioner of revenue. I’m just overwhelmed. I’m very excited, and history has been made,” Coles-Goard said.

Worsham thanked all of her supporters on Facebook, and said she enjoyed meeting residents across the county. 

“I want to thank everyone who put their faith and trust in me by supporting me in this campaign and am grateful for the opportunity to have provided voters with a real choice in this election. While my message clearly resonated with many, the majority of voters have chosen to maintain the status quo,” Worsham said. 

“It has been such a pleasure to connect with residents, business owners and farmers; I value these relationships and hope to continue to cultivate them. I regret that I won't be serving you in this role but will continue to seek ways to help improve our county's economic outlook.”

Other constitutional seats

Uncontested constitutional offices in Pittsylvania County included the treasurer, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Sheriff. 

Vincent Shorter was re-elected as Pittsylvania County Treasurer with 14,658 votes. 

“I am honored and it is a great privilege to serve the citizens of Pittsylvania County as Treasurer. I will work hard to maintain the trust and confidence that has been extended to me. I am excited to have the opportunity to build upon our success and complete the projects we have in progress. I would like to thank the citizens that have and continue to be supportive of our efforts,” Shorter said. 

Re-elected to another term as Commonwealth’s Attorney was Bryan Haskins with 14,202 votes. 

“I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve as Commonwealth’s Attorney. I look forward to continuing to work with our law enforcement partners to keep Pittsylvania County a safe place to live and raise a family,” Haskins said. 

Sheriff Mike Taylor was re-elected to a fourth term as sheriff with 15,082 votes. He also received the most votes of any candidate in the county. 

“I owe that to a lot of good people working for me. I’m just blessed. I never want to let anybody down, either. I’m very humbled and I appreciate people having the confidence in me. The next four years is going to have its own challenges, and we’ll meet them. We’ll work with partnerships and others to make it an even better agency,” Sheriff Taylor said. 

Hurt, Chatham town council elections

A special election for the Town of Chatham was uncontested, as Teresa Easley won with 321 votes. 

“I am both humbled and honored that you have placed your confidence and support in me when electing me as a member of the Chatham town. I will do my best to keep the town growing and remain fiscally strong,” Easley said. 

In the Town of Hurt, Gary Hodnett filled a one year term on town council  that will expire in Dec. 2020 with 294 votes.

Town of Hurt residents also elected Shirley M. Barksdale-Hill and Bowling to fill two seats on town council. Those terms are set to expire in Dec. 2022. 

Barksdale-Hill received 212 votes, Bowling received 170 votes, and Lester Worley, Sr. received 116 votes for Hurt Town Council.

Soil and Water Conservation seats

Steven Cassada, Tom Kelley III, and Timothy Alderson were elected to fill three seats open for the Pittsylvania County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Cassada received 9,272 votes, Kelley 6,055 votes, and Alderson 7,760 votes. 

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