A deputy clerk at the Campbell Circuit Court, Preteasta Barksdale, is running for the Spring Hill supervisor district seat.
Though Barksdale has lived in Campbell County for the past 35 years in the Timberlake area, she said a move into the Spring Hill district two years ago positioned her to feel closer to the county and her community.
“Being in the heart of Campbell County, it made me realize that the county needs someone looking at it a little bit closer. Maybe we can all come together on the board of supervisors and help improve the county,” Barksdale said.
Originally born in Halifax County, Barksdale has lived in Campbell County with her husband and two daughters for more than three decades.
Barksdale has worked for local circuit courts as a deputy clerk for 10 years — first in Lynchburg, and for the past two years in Campbell County. Prior to her work in the courts, she worked for Lynchburg City Schools for seven years as a payroll accounting clerk and dispatcher for the school’s transportation department.
Barksdale said in a news release issued Monday these roles in public service gave her insight into the business of government and how public policy is carried out on a day-to-day basis.
“I’ve worked in Campbell County all of my life,” Barksdale said. “I have something to offer.”
Barksdale said her priorities are economic development, teacher endowment and public safety. She said the board should focus on bringing development into the county to promote growth in the economy and in county schools.
“[Campbell County is] beautiful. It has lots of land, it’s open. But it can be developed to be a wonderful place by bringing resources, bringing young families to help the school system to grow,” Barksdale said.
Running as an independent candidate, Barksdale said she will address individual issues, not align herself with any particular political party.
“I don’t want to say I’m a Democrat or I’m a Republican. I’m a citizen of Campbell County who wants to run to help Campbell County. Period,” Barksdale said. “It’s not about the parties, it’s about helping the people.”
Campbell County General Registrar Kelly Martin said Barksdale has filed all of the paperwork required for her to run for the Spring Hill seat along with Campbell County resident Kenny Brown. The Altavista, Sunburst and Concord districts also are up for election this fall. Those seats currently are held by Dale Moore, Bob Good and Eddie Gunter, respectively.
Incumbent Moore and John Tucker have filed to run for the Altavista seat; Steven W. Shockley has filed to run for the Sunburst seat; and Matt Cline and incumbent supervisor Eddie Gunter have filed to run for the Concord seat.
The deadline to file was Tuesday.
Sarah Honosky covers Appomattox and Campbell counties at The News & Advance. Reach her at (434) 385-5556.