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Three seek school board seats in Nov. 3 election


Two seats on the Middlesex Board of Supervisors and two seats on the Middlesex School Board will be on the local election ballot on Tuesday, November 3. There are two contested offices on the ballot, and two candidates running unopposed.

School Board

Jim Goforth of Hartfield is seeking re-election as a school board member from Pinetop District. He is being opposed by Garland Harrow of Deltaville.

Dr. Richard J. Shores of Urbanna is seeking re-election as a Saluda District school board member and is unopposed on the ballot.


In Saluda District, Robert A. Crump of Topping is seeking re-election as county supervisor. Crump is being challenged by Peter W. “Pete” Mansfield of Urbanna.

Running unopposed is Carlton S. Revere of Hartfield, who is seeking a supervisor’s seat from Pinetop District. This seat is currently held by longtime supervisor Kenneth W. Williams, who is not seeking re-election.


Brief profiles of each of the three school board candidates appear below along with the candidates’ answers to the question: “Why do you want to be a member of the school board?”

In last week’s issue of the Sentinel, profiles of the three supervisor candidates were published.

In October, the supervisor and school board candidates will be asked to respond to a written questionnaire. The questions and the candidates’ answers will be published in the Sentinel.

If any civic group plans to hold an election forum this fall, please contact Tom Hardin at the Sentinel at 758-2328 so the forums can be publicized.

All Letters to the Editor published in the Sentinel, including those referring to the election, cannot exceed 300 words. No election-related letters will be published in the October 29 issue of the Sentinel. Letter writers are limited to 2 letters per calendar month. Letters should be emailed to . Letters must have a writer’s name, community of residence, and phone number (for verification purposes only).

Jim Goforth

  • Age 69.
  • Lives in Hartfield with wife Fran.
  • Has two daughters, two stepdaughters, and four grandchildren.
  • Earned bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Eastern Kentucky University, and master’s degree in administration and supervision from VCU.
  • Worked as a math teacher, and director of federal programs, including special education and vocational education, and football and basketball coach in Westmoreland County.
  • Former assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools in Middlesex County.
  • Former part-time math teacher and golf coach with Mathews County Schools.
  • Owner of Oyster Road Promotions in Urbanna.
  • Member of Middlesex County School Board for 14 years. Served as chairman one year.
  • Former longtime youth baseball and basketball coach, charter member of Middlesex Kiwanis Club, and former chairman of the Westmoreland Red Cross Bloodmobile.
  • Currently serving as board member of the Regional Career and Technical Education Board for the counties of Middlesex, Mathews, Gloucester, King William and King and Queen.
  • Currently serving on the advisory board for Bank of Lancaster.
  • Honored as the Young Man of the Year by the Westmoreland County Jaycees.
  • Presented an award by the Westmoreland American Legion for outstanding community service.
  • Presented an award by Middlesex Youth Basketball League for longtime service as a coach and board member.

Why do you want to be a member of the school board?

Jim Goforth: Education has been my life, having worked in public school systems for 43 years. I believe that every student in Middlesex County deserves and should receive the best possible education. My philosophy has always been to take the funds that we receive and maximize them for our students, with the highest priority being to increase teachers’ salaries.  

I have been on the School Board for 14 years and have seen progress both instructionally and with our facilities.   County citizens have seen that all three of our schools are currently fully accredited with the State of Virginia, as well as seeing new construction and renovations occurring in all of our schools.   
I would like to continue to support the administration and teachers as they strive to make Middlesex County Schools reach their full potential and continue to exceed the state’s standards. As part of the school division, I look forward to working with the leadership of the superintendent as well as his highly-dedicated faculty and staff, as we look forward to increasing student achievement, increasing the positive public perception and support of the community, working toward organizational efficiency and effectiveness and promoting continued professional development for our staff. 

Garland Harrow

  • Age 61.
  • Lives in Deltaville with wife Diane.
  • Has two children and five grandchildren.
  • Attended Middlesex Public Schools and graduated from Middlesex High School.
  • Earned BS degree from Appalachian State University in education and industrial arts.
  • Taught wood working, mechanical shop and architectural drafting in both the Lancaster School System  and in the Mathews School System. 
  • Started appliance sales and service business in 1972, which has grown  into Harrow’s Home Center as it is today at Cooks Corner.
  • Member of Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department in Deltaville since 1964. Held many offices, including secretary, president, training officer and chaplain .
  • Member of Middlesex Lions Club and held several offices with the club until his business grew to the point that time did not allow him to continue.
  • Member of Deltaville Improvement Association, now the  DCA. Held many association offices, including president   for several years.
  • Member of Zoar Baptist Church. Served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir director, music leader and member of the church council for many years.
  • Served many years on the Deltaville Ballpark Committee.
  • One of five volunteers who started the Middlesex Little League Baseball program and was recognized for outstanding contributions to that program.  
  • Started the Middle Peninsula Mariners semi-pro baseball team and still coaches that team, which won the Virginia Baseball League championship the past two years.
  • Received business awards from RCA, GE, Maytag and Whirlpool for outstanding service, sales and leadership in the small business sector.

    Why do you want to be a member of the school board?

    Garland Harrow: I have always been a strong supporter of our school system. Our schools have grown and need proper guidance in our education, sports, and maintenance programs. I believe I can bring knowledgeable assistance to our school system with my past experience in both business and community service. 

    With four grandchildren in our schools, I have a vested interest to see our school programs grow and prosper. 

    Because of our present economy, we need to maximize our school budget, and see that our school employees are reasonably compensated for their efforts.

    In becoming a member of the Middlesex County School Board, I hope to return the support to the community and county that they have given me in my many years of business here.

    These are not easy times for our county, but together I think we can achieve the best for our children that we can give, and that they deserve.

    Dr. Richard Shores

  • Age 73.
  • Lives near Urbanna with wife Ida Mae. They have a daughter, and son (deceased).
  • Born and raised in Urbanna.
  • 1954 graduate of Middlesex High School.
  • Earned BS degree from Randolph-Macon College in 1962. Earned master’s degree in combined sciences from University of Mississippi in 1966. Earned PhD in mathematics from University of Mississippi in 1974.
  • Taught mathematics at Henrico High School in Richmond for three years.
  • Taught 30-plus years as a professor of mathematics at Lynchburg College.
  • Served in the U.S. Air Force for four years.
  • Member of Middlesex County School Board for 10 years. Former chairman of the board.
  • President of the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society.
  • Served as administrative board chairman at Urbanna United Methodist Church for several years.
  • Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, Lynchburg College,
  • Member of the Lynchburg College Sports Hall of Fame.

    Why do you want to be a member of the school board?

    Dr. Richard Shores: (1) I have a great respect for public education. It gives the gifted, the average, and the mentally challenged the opportunity to achieve and participate in our complex society to the best of their abilities.

    (2) The philosophy of the present administration has changed the trite cliche “it’s about the children” to “it’s truly about the children,” and it involves contributions of all of our employees, parents, volunteers and school board members.

    (3) Although I am involved with the community in other ways, I feel that I can best serve the community by being a member of the school board.

    posted 09.16.2009

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