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Validated write-in candidate running for county commissioner

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A validated write-in candidate is running for a seat on the Halifax County Board of Commissioners in November.

Board of Elections Director Kristin Scott confirmed today Ophelia Gould-Faison’s petition was certified and she will be a write-in candidate against John Whichard, a Republican who filed early in the process, and incumbents Vernon Bryant, Rives Manning and Patrick Qualls. The three incumbents won in the May primary.

While Gould-Faison is considered an official candidate, because she petitioned to be on the ballot as a write-in, her name will not appear on the ballot, Scott said. There will be a write-in spot on the ballot in the board of commissioners race for people who want to vote for her to write her name in.

Gould-Faison had to obtain signatures from 100 registered voters in the county to be considered a write-in candidate.

Out of 313 signatures obtained, the board of elections validated 287, Scott said.

Gould-Faison said this afternoon she plans to release a statement on her candidacy later this week.

Whichard filed to run in February.

Early voting leading up to the November 6 election begins at the Halifax County Agriculture Auditorium on October 17.

The auditorium is located on Ferrell Lane in Halifax beside the courthouse complex.

Voting will take place at the ag center on the following days and times:

October 17 through 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 22 through 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 29 through November 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 3, a Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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