Parties pick Carroll candidates

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Democrats and Republicans set their slates of candidates for the November election.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter



HILLSVILLE — While no new Democratic candidates emerged from the party caucus on July 14, participants in the Carroll Republican mass meeting on Monday had two people offer themselves for the one vacancy on the ticket.
Offered the choice in the between two candidates for Fancy Gap District county supervisor — Phillip Berrier, an incumbent on the Carroll School Board; and store owner Phil McCraw — the 99 Republicans at the mass meeting nominated McCraw.
After two political meetings, the Carroll Democrats’ ballot has remain unchanged from what had previously been announced — even though new candidates could have been voted in at the caucus.
Three incumbent supervisors — Sam Dickson, at large; Wes Hurst, Pine Creek; and Manus McMillian, Fancy Gap — joined by newcomer Gerald Goad, Pipers Gap, will encompass the party’s entire offering for the fall’s general election.
At the mass meeting, Berrier and McCraw put themselves forward to become the Fancy Gap District supervisor candidate, both promising they were the best man to defeat McMillian, the Democrat that now holds the county board seat.
Berrier reminded the mass meeting attendees that he was one of the candidates that voters did not select for the commissioner of the revenue nomination in the preferential primary.
A school board member for eight years, a former educator, a self-employed businessman for 36 years and raised on a farm, Berrier promised he would not just follow blindly, but question ideas and consider how local government actions would impact the citizens of Carroll County.
McCraw said he’s run the family store in Cana since 1987. Operating the store is where he learned the life lessons that will help him as a supervisor.
“When you’re dealing with the public on an everyday basis, you learn how to deal with people, you learn how to listen to people, you learn how to get things done,” McCraw said.
“We need to put the brakes on spending in our county,” he said in his brief remarks. “I feel like I can get in there and really help the board do what’s necessary.”
After mass meeting chairwoman Carolyn Honeycutt announced — without sharing the totals of the secret ballot — that McCraw had prevailed, he promised to work as hard as he could to get elected this November.
Only one non-partisan candidate had filed his paperwork with the Carroll general registrar as of Monday.
Reginald Gardner, the incumbent representative for Sulphur Springs, will seek reelection to the school board this fall.