Candidates’ Forum

On Thursday, October 8th, the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Candidate’s Forum at the Nelson Center.  Approximately 150 residents turned out to hear the candidates for local and state office.

Candidates' Forum
Candidates’ Forum

Candidates on the ballot this November 3rd attending included:

25th State District Senator, Creigh Deeds – He is running unopposed for his 5th term.

20th District House of Delegates Representative, Richard “Dickie” Bell is running for his 4th term and is challenged by Will Hammer.

Commonwealth Attorney, Anthony Martin – He the incumbent running for his second term and is unopposed

Clerk of the Court, Judy Smythers is running for her 2nd (8 year) term. She is unopposed.

Treasurer, Angela Johnson is running for her 2nd term and is challenged by Betty Phillips.

Pamela Campbell is running for her first term as Commissioner of the Revenue.  She is the only candidate on the ballot for this office.

There are four candidates running for Sheriff of Nelson County.  They are David Hill, William “Billy” Mays, John “Mike” Thompson and Vasco Wright.

Sheriff Candidates Answer Questions
Sheriff Candidates Answer Questions

South District Board of Supervisors Representative, Larry Saunders is running for his second term.  He is being challenged by Trina Murphy.

Trina Murphy and Larry Saunders
Trina Murphy and Larry Saunders

Soil and Water Conservation Director Thomas Jefferson District, William Uhl.

Each candidate was given time for an opening statement and a closing statement as well as an opportunity to answer questions submitted by residents.

Candidates who are on the ballot, but did not attend were:  59th District House of Delegates Representative, Matt Fariss, West District Board of Supervisors Representative, Thomas “Tommy” Bruguiere, West District School Board Representative, David Parr and Soil and Water Conservation Director Thomas Jefferson District, David Collins.

Candidates for Nelson County Sheriff Talk About Their Platforms – NewsPlex CBS 19 – Reported by Taylor Cairns – October 9, 2015