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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 8:06 pm

A second candidate has announced her intention to run for the Callands-Gretna seat on the Pittsylvania School Board.

Linda Hagerman, who is married to board of supervisors member Jerry Hagerman, is challenging Calvin “Bunky” Doss for his position on the school board.

Doss, the school board’s vice chair, announced his candidacy last week.

Hagerman, a Welch, W.Va., native, said she is running because she wants to make a difference and because residents have encouraged her. This is her first time seeking public office and she plans to file papers for her candidacy Friday.

Making sure teachers are paid well, addressing bullying and drug use among students and avoiding tax increases are Hagerman’s priorities, she said.

“We have an excellent school system and an excellent group of teachers,” Hagerman, 58, said during an interview Wednesday.

“I don’t want to do anything that would cause our taxes to go up,” she added.

Hagerman, who has lived in Gretna 25 years, told her husband two years before his 2011 candidacy for the board of supervisors that was going to run for the school board.

A mother of three sons (one of whom died in 2011), she said she cares about children and wants to see them reach their potential.

“I’ve always been one that thinks they need to be the best they can be,” Hagerman said. She supports making sure children are well prepared for jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as health.

As for her opponent, Hagerman said Doss is a good school board member. However, she wants to give voters in her district another option.

“The people need a choice,” Hagerman said.

Hagerman retired from English’s Home Improvement Center in Altavista, where she handled credit accounts, about three weeks ago. She worked there 12 years.

A certified ergonomist, she has an associate’s degree in business management from Danville Community College, and she also worked for Sara Lee Corp. as a human resources trainer for 20 years.

She once managed the Virginia office for Ellis Temporaries in Wilmington, N.C. She does community work visiting cancer patients, shut-ins and senior citizens and is co-owner of Jerry’s Gunsmithing, with her husband, in Gretna.

They belong to the Merchants Association of Gretna and she is a member of the League of Individuals for the Environment and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The Hagermans have three children, Kenny, Danny and Chad (who died of cancer in 2011), and five grandchildren.

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