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Three seek supervisor seats in Nov. 3 election

Two seats on the Middlesex County 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 Middlesex ballot, and two candidates are running unopposed.

Supervisors

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.

School board

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

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

Profiles

Brief profiles of all three supervisor candidates are published below along with the candidates’ answers to the question: “Why do you want to be a member of the board of supervisors?”

Next week, profiles of the school board candidates will be 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 editor Tom Hardin at the Southside Sentinel (758-2328) so the forums can be publicized.


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Robert Crump

  • Age 63. Moved with his family to Topping 11 years ago from Newport News. He and his wife Linda have four children and five grandchildren.

  • Born in Richmond and raised on a small farm in eastern Henrico County. Has resided in Savannah, Ga., Richmond, Seven Mile Ford, Newport News and Topping.

  • Current chairman of the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors. First elected to the board in 2005.

  • Serves on the Community Policy Management Team, Emergency Management Team, Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, and The Middle Peninsula Community Criminal Justice Board.

  • Owns Peninsula Machine Consultants Inc., a small entrepreneurship that he started 22 years ago. Before starting his own business, he worked for DoAll Corporation of Illinois as a salesman.

  • Active in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers from 1981 to 1989, where he served as secretary and second vice chairman.

  • When in Savannah, he was a member of the Savannah Artist Association and worked part-time as an artist. Still enjoys painting in his leisure time. Is a member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Mariners Museum in Newport News, and Deltaville Maritime Museum.

  • Holds a commercial pilot’s certificate and the ratings of single-engine land, multi-engine land, and instrument with a total time of over 3,500 hours, 1,800 of which were in a Part 135 air taxi operation at Hummel Field over a 3½-year period. Still flies his own aircraft for business.

  • An attending member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church.

  • Served 7 years on the Middlesex Airport Committee and was head of grounds and maintenance in 5 of those years and chairman for 2 years.

  • Worked with the Virginia Board of Aviation in Richmond to obtain grants to make a variety of safety improvements and physical upgrades at Hummel Field in Topping.

  • Worked with Wings & Wheels for 9 years and was chairman for 2 of those years.

  • Previously received a plaque from the county board of supervisors for his dedication to aviation, Hummel Field and Middlesex County.

“Why do you want to be a member of the board of supervisors?”

Robert Crump: “I feel that I am experienced in the job of Supervisor and over the past three and a half years I have encouraged an atmosphere of unity and cooperation among my fellow board members.

That unity and cooperation has allowed the board to work more effectively for the citizens of the Saluda District and Middlesex County.

Some examples are: concluding controversy on new courthouse, stopping the construction of a sewage treatment plant behind the sheriff’s office, changing ordinances to govern future subdivisions, working to revise the comprehensive plan, creating incentive pay for long service sheriff’s deputies, increasing the percentage of money which is received from the county for fire and rescue, and restoring the historic courthouse while maintaining a 35-cent per $100 real estate rate.

I strongly believe that the next four years will be extremely challenging and that past experience will be very valuable and beneficial to our county.

I also would like to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation to all voters of the Saluda District and all citizens of Middlesex County for the opportunity to have served you over the last three and a half years. It has been a true joy for me.”


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Peter Mansfield

  • Age 68. Lives in the Urbanna area.

  • Grew up in a small town in southwestern Virginia. Father was from England and mother from Nova Scotia, Canada. He and his wife Judy have two children and four grandchildren (soon to be five).

  • Attended Narrows High School through the 9th grade. Graduated from Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg. Earned BS degree in mechanical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1959-1964) in Blacksburg. Was a co-operative engineering student at Virginia Tech (1960-1964), and earned a minor degree in electronics.

  • Has 28 granted U.S. patents (four international). Received first U.S. patent as a co-op student while working for Celanese Corporation. After graduating worked for many large corporations, such as Quaker Oats, Anheuser Busch, Conax and Allied Chemical, receiving an additional 20 patents in both electronics and mechanical designs. This included work for the military on explosive activated devices, such as personal and drone parachute water detachment, and space shuttle explodable bolts. Also helped develop auto-inflation flotation bulletproof vest for Customs Department.

  • Other projects: specialized piping and welding, boilers and “Dowtherm” systems, a complete manufacturing process for Bimetal castings including the PLC programming and mechanical interfaces, a precision hybrid petroleum tank gauging system for the Nigerian government, a roof shingle laying machine, the sludge presses used in paper mills including West Point, and dock accessories from PVC material.

  • Since returning to Virginia, he has worked primarily on mechanical systems for Hampton University, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Mariners Museum and Newport News Shipbuilding.

  • Served in the National Guard.

  • Served community organizations through volunteer work and donations, including Art on the Half Shell, Middlesex Art Guild, Middlesex Woman’s Club Oyster Festival activities, Middlesex YMCA, Gloucester Mathews Free Clinic, Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, Pro Creek (for Urbanna Creek), Concerned Citizens of Middlesex, and Middlesex Habitat for Humanity.

“Why do you want to be a member of the board of supervisors?”

Peter Mansfield: “I am fortunate to live in Middlesex County, but I think we can do a better job of managing our resources. Over the years I have expressed these beliefs both in public meetings and letters to the Southside Sentinel. But, it was the proposed Saluda Wastewater Treatment Plant that spurred my decision to run for the board of supervisors.

“In the last couple of years, the board has spent the equivalent of 17 teacher salaries just to design a plant that would continue the pollution into Urbanna Creek, even after our community united and said ‘no.’ The state provided a non-polluting solution at no cost.

“Other capital expenditures have also suffered from a lack of planning and basic engineering. My experience as a project engineer will help fill this void on the board, and I can give back to my community this vital service.

“I look forward to serving not only Saluda District, but the entire county. I will require an honest open justification of each major project, and set benchmarks for performance.

“I believe that our schools should be the last to suffer in hard economic times, as it is our young people through education that must protect Middlesex’s unique treasures.”


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Carlton Revere

  • Age 37. Lives in Hartfield with wife Darla and three sons.

  • Grew up in Middlesex County, and graduated from University of Richmond in 1993 with a BA in both sociology and criminal justice.

  • Served as a legal assistant (1993-94) with McGuire Woods LLP in Richmond. Responsibilities included research and data collection for major product liability litigation, and assisting with case preparation for insurance defense cases involving personal injury.

  • Has worked for Revere Gas & Appliance of Hartfield from 1994 to the present, and is the company vice president. Responsibilities include developing and supervising financial goals for 60-plus-year-old, family-owned retail propane operation that covers 17 counties in the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Tidewater areas; to identify and research new business opportunities; and implement technological and administrative advancements into operations for improved efficiencies.

  • From 2002-08 was a member of Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), and was a Safety and Training Advisory Committee member. Responsibilities included re-search and recommendations on grant requests submitted to the PERC check-off program, and implementation of the industry’s Safety and Training Roadmap (March 2002), which establishes a vision, safety goals, and training priorities.

  • Has been a member of the National Propane Gas Association from 1999 to the present, and was chairman of the 100-plus member Technology, Safety and Standards Committee (2005-07). Responsibilities included crafting regulations for and reacting to regulations from governmental agencies such as DOT, OSHA and EPA, and code agencies such as the National Fire Protection Agency and American Standards Institute.

  • Was a member of the Virginia Propane Gas Association from 1995 to 2003, and a board member from 2001-03.

  • On the Technical Committee for National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet 58 (LP Gas Code).

  • Has been a member of the Rotary Club of Middlesex since 1999, and was a member of the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation from 2002-05.

  • Has been a Middle Peninsula Planning District Commissioner representing Middlesex County since 2004, and is the current commission chairman.

  • From 2005-09 was a member of the Middlesex Comprehensive Plan Review Steering Committee.

  • Since 1996 has been a member of the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department, and is the current treasurer.

  • Is a member of Lower United Methodist Church, and a volunteer youth soccer and youth basketball coach.

“Why do you want to be a member of the board of supervisors?”

Carlton Revere: “I cherish the opportunity to live and raise my family in the county where I have spent most of my life. It has also been a privilege to work in my family’s business over the years. These experiences have gone a long way in creating my deep sense of belonging and commitment to this community.

I feel I am prepared to do what I can to give back to the area that has given me so much and, hopefully, improve the community in which I live. This principle is one that I was taught and I continue the tradition by teaching it to my children.

“I believe that my professional and business background prepares me well for the challenges that serving the Pinetop District offers.

Our community is faced with serious issues, such as increased pressure on real estate taxes, decreased state funding for essential services, the need for a comprehensive sewage plan for parts of the county, and prioritization of VDOT projects, just to name a few. 

Addressing these issues is not easy and requires creative problem solving and community involvement. I believe that I can help our local government serve its customers effectively.”

posted 09.09.2009

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