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Government

  • New faces join supervisors, school board

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    After several months of heated debates and passionate campaigning, Grayson County citizens have chosen who they want to lead their local government beginning in 2016.
    Poll results, many of which came in by 10 p.m. Tuesday night, showed heavy support for incumbent campaigns. Officials who will be retaining their seats include Circuit Court Clerk Susan Herrington, Treasurer Kelly Haga, Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, and the Board of Supervisors’ Oldtown District representative Kenneth Belton.

  • Candidate answers ad’s claims about experience

    A candidate for Grayson County Circuit Court clerk contends there are inaccuracies about him in what he called a “rather negative” campaign advertisement that the Grayson County and Galax Bar Association placed Wednesday.
    The ad in The Gazette and Declaration newspapers on Wednesday provided an endorsement for Grayson Circuit Clerk Susan Herrington, who is seeking re-election, while also raising questions about Williams’ record and past employment.

  • Brooks runs for Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney seat

    Staff Reports

    Roger Brooks, a Republican, is challenging independent incumbent Douglas Vaught for the Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney seat in the Nov. 3 election.
    “I decided to run for commonwealth’s attorney because I see the position as another opportunity to give back to the community,” Brooks said in an email to the newspaper. “For 20 years, I have provided services, often for free, for fire departments, rescue squads, churches, even towns in Grayson County.”

  • Combs to seek another term in Grayson County School Board election

    Staff Reports

    Wynn Johnson Combs will seek another term for the Providence District seat on the Grayson County School Board this November.
    Combs, an independent candidate, will be challenged this year by Randy L. Shinault, also independent for the seat.

  • Grayson candidates discuss campaigns at forum

    Fourteen candidates in this year’s Grayson County general election introduced themselves and their campaigns to the community during a candidate forum at Grayson County High School on Oct. 6.
    Hosted by the Twin County Chamber of Commerce, the forum organized a series of questions for each candidate, presented by a panel made up of Chamber President Marty Hall, Executive Director Judy Brannock, Executive Attorney Raquel Lyons and Vice President Zach Dotson. Questions pertained to the offices sought by each candidate.

  • Carico runs for At Large seat on Grayson County School Board

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Tim L. “T.T.” Carico will join the race for the At Large seat on the Grayson County School Board during this year’s general election.
    Carico will run as an independent candidate for the seat against two other independent challengers: John K. Brewer and Robert Benish.
    The winner will fill the seat vacated by Gary Burris, who did not seek another term.

  • Shinault enters race for Providence District seat on school board

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Randy Shinault has announced his campaign to fill the Providence District seat on the Grayson County School Board in this year’s general election.
    Shinault, an independent candidate, is running against incumbent Wynn Combs, who is also an independent.
    A graduate of Fries High School, Shinault attended (but did not graduate from) Wytheville Community College and Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia (now called UVA-Wise).

  • Haynes runs for Oldtown District seat on Grayson School Board

    This year’s race to fill seats on the Grayson County School Board will include Diane Haynes on the ballot for the Oldtown District.
    Haynes, who is running unopposed as an independent candidate, has an extensive history teaching for various schools in the Grayson County school system. Her career in education began in 1975. At that time, her bachelor’s degree from Radford University allowed her to teach students from grades 4-8.

  • Dr. Robert Benish seeks School Board At Large seat

    Dr. Robert Benish has joined this year’s political race to fill the at-large supervisor seat on the Grayson County School Board.
    Benish is one of three independent candidates vying for the seat this year. John K. Brewer and Tim L. “T.T.” Carico also will be listed on the ballot this November.
    The winner will fill the seat vacated by Gary Burris, who did not seek another term.
    Benish, trained in gastroenterology, has served Grayson County, Galax and surrounding communities for 28 years.

  • Chamber announces candidate forum

    The Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce invites the general public to attend their national Candidates Public Forum in Grayson County on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Grayson High School Auditorium in Independence.
    The candidate forums are held to introduce prospective government entities and allow a non-biased platform for discussion and debate on issues that will directly affect their candidacy and the voters who select their government leaders.