Campbell County’s Matt Fariss will carry the Republican banner in the race for the 59th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in the November election. Fariss, who lives in the Rustburg area, was elected unanimously by acclamation at a party convention Aug. 13 at Appomattox County High School, Wendell Walker, the convention secretary,said. He said more than 200 people showed up for the convention.There had been a contest for the Republican nomination until the day before when Evans Thomas, of Appomattox, withdrew. Fariss, who is a seventh generation Campbell County native, has the endorsements of Del. Watkins Abbitt, Del. Kathy Byron and Sen. Steve Newman,
Walker said. Abbitt is the current 59th District delegate, but isn’t running for re-election. Fariss announced his candidacy in late May in Rustburg. This is his first run for public office. In announcing, he said he wanted to serve. “I owe a great debt to this great commonwealth and this land I love. I want to serve my state and nation. “Fariss has a beef cattle farm, is co-owner of the Lynchburg Livestock Market and a licensed real estate agent. The 59th District covers all of Appomattox and Buckingham counties and parts of Campbell, Nelson and Albemarle counties. Fariss will face Democrat Connie Brennan, of Nelson County, in the Nov. 8 election.
Thursday, August 25, 2011 2:43 PM EDT
Mark Thomas | Womack Publishing News Service Campbell