Hinson considered seeking Brookland seat in special election

AUG. 8, 11:15 A.M. – Interim Brookland District Supervisor Harvey Hinson considered entering the November special election for the final two years of the term of late supervisor Dick Glover but recently decided against it, he told the Citizen Monday.

Following Glover's death in February, the other four board members appointed Hinson (a retired Henrico deputy county manager who spent nearly 47 years as a county employee) to fill the seat until a special election could be called.

Ultimately, that election was scheduled for Election Day, Nov. 7. Henrico Democrats this spring selected Courtney Lynch, the founder of a leadership development firm, to compete for the seat, while Henrico Republicans chose Bob Witte, a retired Henrico fire captain, this summer.

Hinson was not expected to seek the seat but said that after taking office – and enjoying the responsibilities attached to it – he gave it serious thought.

"It's been on my mind for quite a while," Hinson told the Citizen. "I prayed about it a lot. But I'm not going to run. It's just not enough time in the schedule, and I'm not a person who has ever organized something around a campaign. I don't have the infrastructure and time."

The filing deadline for the special election is Aug. 18. Any candidate to enter the race between now and then would have to run as an independent.

"The desire has always been there," Hinson said. "I've been asked hundreds of times, 'Why aren't you running?' But I've chosen not to."

Hinson has been active as an artist in the years since his retirement from the county and is preparing an exhibit that will be on display in September and October at the Crossroads Art Center, he said. He and his wife also host several of their grandchildren at their home during the summer months, and the combination of those two commitments would have made campaigning challenging, he said.

Still, he wrestled with the decision until earlier this week.

"It's been one of the most difficult decisions of my career," he said. "It's more than just service – it's a duty."

Hinson's experience on the board has, perhaps predictably, been a positive one, he told the Citizen.

"It's been awesome. I've enjoyed every single minute of it," he said. "I feel like I'm helping the board through the transition period. It's a wonderful Board of Supervisors – we all get along well. It's all about what's best for Henrico. It's not about who's right, but what's right."

Hinson doesn't intend to endorse a candidate for the seat and said he's made a point not to attend any political party functions while in office.
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