By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Circuit Court Judge Carl Eason has ordered a July 24 election for Isle of Wight County Sheriff, based on a petition from the Board of Supervisors. 

The election stems from Sheriff Mark Marshall’s decision to leave his post two years early to make beer in a family-run brewery on the Eastern Shore. 

While an election outside the normal cycle, such as town elections in May, primaries in June and general elections in November, do occur in Virginia, a local special election in Isle of Wight County in July has not occurred in at least the past 20 years, according to the Virginia Department of Elections. 

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