Surry County candidates prepare before looming election deadline

By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: June 8, 2019 | 3:15 p.m.

SURRY COUNTY – The countdown has shortened to mere days before the deadline for filing for several important local elections. Last Friday afternoon, Surry County Registrar Sharna’ White produced a list of candidates who already have qualified, meaning they have filed all the required paperwork needed to appear on the ballot for the November 5 race.

As of May 31, the list consisted largely of incumbents, as few challengers have stepped up thus far.

In the upcoming race for Surry County Sheriff, both incumbent Carlos Turner and challenger Roderick “Rocky” Barbee, have already qualified for the November 5 ballot. Each has experience in Surry County Law Enforcement, but neither could be reached for comment prior to publication.

White said that for the office of Treasurer, Onike “Nikki” Ruffin has qualified for the fall ballot. Current Treasurer Faye Warren confirmed in a later phone call that she is retiring and will not be running for re-election.

For Commissioner of Revenue, Deputy Commissioner of Revenue Jonathan Judkins has qualified to be on the ballot. Current Commissioner Deborah Nee has not qualified and is rumored not to be running for re-election, but was unavailable for comment as of the publication of this report

Incumbent Commonwealth’s Attorney Derek Davis has not yet qualified for the ballot, but he also confirmed in a later phone call that he is running for re-election and is expected to file paperwork as such prior to the June 11 deadline.

For the Board of Supervisors, White said three candidates already had filed all the necessary documents for qualification. Incumbent Judy Lyttle of Bacon’s Castle and current Chairman Michael H. Drewry of Dendron district both will be running for re-election, and Robert Elliott, Jr. will be on the ballot for the Claremont district.

In addition, current supervisors John M. Seward of Surry and Kenneth R. Holmes of Carsley both indicated by phone that they are processing the required paperwork and intend to run for re-election.

After serving for a number of years, Giron R. Wooden said in an interview he will be vacating the seat he currently holds as Claremont district supervisor

As for the Surry County School Board, White indicated that Elsie Dennis of Bacon’s Castle, Marion Wilkins of Carsley, and Laura Ruffin of Claremont all have qualified for the November 5 ballot.

When the remaining two School Board members currently serving were reached by phone afterward, Harold Jones of Surry confirmed that he does intend to run for re-election while Audrey Byrd of Dendron said, “I do not plan to run.”

As of this report, there were no challengers for positions on the School Board. White said that anyone intending to be on the November 5 ballot for any local office has until 7 p.m. June 11 to turn in all necessary paperwork.

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