Pittsylvania County residents will see some new faces in county offices following the Nov. 3 election.

June was the filing deadline, but candidates have been campaigning for months and politicking is expected to intensify in the fall.

Mark Scarce, a special agent with the Virginia State Police, and R.J. Weaver, a commercial loan officer and assistant vice president at Virginia Bank & Trust, are vying to succeed long-time Clerk of Court H.F. Haymore Jr.

Haymore, 73, who has been clerk 32 years, announced earlier this year he retire when his term ends in December.

Scarce and Weaver are both running as independents and making their first bid for public office.

Unlike other county offices, clerk of court serves an eight-year term. The job pays $115,272.

Commissioner of Revenue Sam Swanson Jr. also will retire in December. Swanson’s chief deputy, Shirley Hammock, has no opposition for the job.

Treasurer Kate Berger of Gretna faces a challenge from Vincent Shorter of Chatham.

Sheriff Mike Taylor and Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Haskins have no opposition.

The clerk has an eight-year term while the sheriff, treasurer, commonwealth’s attorney, and commissioner of revenue serve four years.



All seven seats on the board of supervisors are up for election

Chatham-Blairs District Supervisor Brenda Bowman and Westover District Supervisor Coy Harville are not running and will step down when their terms end in December.

Bob Warren, a Mount Hermon financial planner, is running for Bowman’s seat.

Ronald Scearce, a retired Air Force veteran, and Roy N. Ford Jr., a Danville businessman and minister, are on the ballot in Westover.

Ford was nominated by local Democrats.

Scearce, chairman of the Danville Tea Party, is running as an independent.

Both men are making their first bid for public office.

Banister District Supervisor Jessie Barksdale, who was elected in 2011, has no opposition for a second term.

Callands-Gretna District Supervisor Jerry Hagerman, Dan River District Supervisor James Snead, Tunstall District Supervisor Tim Barber, and Staunton River District Supervisor Elton Blackstock also are seeking re-election.

Blackstock, a retired jail administrator, announced that he wouldn’t run then changed his mind.

Also on the Staunton River ballot are Curtis Arthur, a Motley businessman and long-time member of the county planning commission, and Chris Dalton, a radio and communications consultant who lives in Sycamore.

Hagerman, a retired sheriff’s investigator, faces a challenge from Gretna businessman Vernon Moon.

In Dan River, voters will choose either Snead, who is seeking his third term, or newcomer Joe Davis.

Barber, who has served on the board 12 years, will face newcomer Gracie Mays.

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.


School board seats in Chatham-Blairs, Westover, Tunstall, and Staunton River are up for election.

Chatham-Blairs member Wayne Robertson faces a challenge from former school board chairman Sam Burton, who lost the seat to Robertson four years ago.

Westover’s Todd Sanders and Staunton River’s Don Moon have no opposition.

George Henderson, a longtime county youth sports commissioner, is running in Tunstall to replace Morris Stowe, who is retiring.

School board members serve four years.

The Callands-Gretna, Dan River, and Banister seats aren’t up for election until 2017.


Voters also will fill four seats in the General Assembly.

State Sen. Bill Stanley faces opposition from former Martinsville mayor Kim Adkins.

Sen. Frank Ruff and Delegates Les Adams and Danny Marshall are unopposed.

Senators serve four years, delegates two.

Candidates elected in November will take office Jan. 1, 2016.

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