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Election season opens two seats

Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 9:33 am



With two slots open for contention in this year’s race for Richmond County Supervisors’ seats, contenders have begun their campaigns in earnest.

In Dist. 4, a seat that will be vacated by outgoing member Courtney Sisson, there are two men are looking to represent their electorate and both are hoping that their distinctive backgrounds will win them the popular vote and a say in county affairs.

The first of the men who have put their hat is the race is Lt. Col. Charles Robert Snavely, of Farnham.

Snavely, a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, also attended Old Dominion with degrees in Urban Studies and Public Administration also attended the University of Maryland at night and on weekends.

After the accidental death of his father while an infant, Snavely said that he took over a large part of raising his three younger half-sisters after he turned seven.

According to Snavely, after graduating from Pineville High School, Snavely was noted in his collegiate career for his ability as the team swim captain to “turn money back” at the end of each athletic trip.

He also served his country in the Unities States Army Medical Service Corps, where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after specializing in Medical Logistics.

Snavely’s career included representing the Surgeon General, training in combat medics logistics, research and serving armed forces stationed in Korea.

“I have learned to be responsible and responsive to those persons whose safekeeping I was charged with,” Snavely said in a recent press release. “Another major lesson I have learned has been to coordinate and work with people with diverse interests to achieve a successful common goal.”

Snavely is running on a platform promising that he would vote against any tax increases, balancing and adhering to the county budget and the creation of a 5-year plan so that the county can be a good “steward” of the public’s money.

He added that his goal was to meet and speak to as many potential voters as possible, and urged anyone with questions to call him at 804-394-2222.