By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

A divided Board of Supervisors will ask the circuit Court to set a special election for sheriff in July. The election is needed to fill the unexpired term of Sheriff Mark Marshall, who is retiring at the end of February. 

Despite repeated recommendations by the secretary of the Electoral Board to simply add it to the November general election, the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to petition the circuit court for a July 24 election date. 

Chairman Rudolph Jefferson and Smithfield District Supervisor Dick Grice cast the two dissenting votes — as they did for the May election attempt that later turned out not to be allowed due to a pending primary in June. 

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