Bowman not to seek re-election

Brenda Bowman

Chatham-Blairs District Supervisor Brenda Bowman said today she will not seek a second term on the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors in November.

Bowman, who was elected in 2011, said the board has an aggressive agenda with important goals and initiatives for 2015, and she wants to focus on her duties as chairman.

“Serving as chair is a huge responsibility and I am committed to giving the position my full attention,” she said. “This was an extremely difficult decision because I truly enjoy being able to make a positive difference. However, I feel it is time to step aside.”

A former chairman of the Pittsylvania County Republican Committee, Bowman, 69, defeated former Unique Industries vice president Frank Fox four years ago to replace Chatham lawyer Henry “Hank” Davis Jr. Davis did not seek re-election.

So far, no candidates have filed for the Chatham-Blairs seat. All seven seats on the board are up for election Nov. 3.

Supervisors serve four years, but will switch to staggered terms with the 2015 election.

Supervisors elected in the Banister, Dan River, and Callands-Gretna districts will serve two-year terms with the remaining board members serving four.

Elections will continue every two years with all members serving four years.

In addition, county voters will elect four school board members along with a sheriff, commonwealth’s attorney, clerk of court, treasurer, and commissioner of revenue in November.

Voters also will fill seats in the General Assembly. State senators Bill Stanley and Frank Ruff are up for re-election along with delegates Les Adams and Danny Marshall.

The filing deadline is June 9.

Supervisors are working on next year’s budget as well as a capital improvements plan and funding for economic development staff.

Bowman’s husband, Ken, was the county’s economic development director, but was fired when a majority of supervisors voted to scrap the department in 2013.

Mr. Bowman is now the economic development director in Warren County, N.C.

Mrs. Bowman, whose term ends in December, said stepping down from the board will allow her to travel and spend time with her husband and family.

“As a supervisor, if you honor the commitment and do it right when representing the citizens who elected you, your time for anything other than the board responsibilities is very limited,” she said.

“Although it is considered a part-time job, I made it a full-time job. I’ve been teased a lot because my photo is always in the local papers, but I have been doing what I believe the citizens expected of me. I believe it is my duty to support everything I possibly can throughout the county and region, not just in my district.”

In addition to the budget, Bowman said supervisors are making plans for a new animal shelter and looking into new recycling projects.

The board also commissioned studies on the poultry industry and a new cannery in the county, and is focusing on tourism.

“So you can see, Pittsylvania County is making progress,” Bowman said.

Bowman fulfilled 2011 campaign promises to establish a beautification committee and youth commission.

Looking ahead, she plans to continue her commitments to the Pittsylvania County Sports Hall of Fame, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area, Boy Scouts, and the drama team at Moffett Memorial Baptist Church, as well as promoting and booking her daughter’s country music band in Nashville, Tenn.

A native of Danville, Bowman spent 15 years as a legal secretary and 10 years as an administrative assistant and bookkeeper in York County schools before retiring in 2003. She also owned a specialty ladies boutique in Yorktown.

Bowman returned to the county in 2008 and lives in Dry Fork.

“It is a huge sacrifice to serve, but I knew this when I ran, and I do not regret it one bit,” she said.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve and will continue to work hard throughout the next year. It is an honor to serve as chairwoman and I am thankful to those who showed their confidence in my leadership ability.”

tim.davis@chathamstartribune.com

434-432-2791

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