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Changing course

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 4:12 pm

Northumberland’s Republicans changed horses two Wednesdays ago. By a vote of 54 to 15, they decided to run Alfred E. “Junior” Fisher instead of incumbent Thomas H. Tomlin as their candidate for the county’s District 4 Board of Supervisors seat.

Fisher had contended with Tomlin before. In the 2003 supervisory election both had run as Independents against Democrat Pam Russell who won with a plurality of 339 to Tomlin’s 327 and Fisher’s 307 votes. Tomlin regained his seat on the Board in 2007.

The GOP vote was taken during a mass meeting called in order to pick the party’s nominees for this fall. In addition to Fisher, the Republicans nominated Joe Self for reelection to the Board from District 1.

Fisher and Tomlin each were given five minutes to address the crowd. Tomlin stressed his family’s long involvement in county politics and his family’s volunteer services on the Northumberland Rescue Squad as well as his own 20 years on the Board. Fisher reviewed his career as a Virginia Marine Policeman and deputy sheriff in the county. He also noted the high awards he had received for his work with the Lions Club and his 30 years on the county planning commission.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 5/22/19