Bunch to fill Bradshaw’s seat in Isle of Wight

Published 10:55 am Saturday, November 20, 2010

ISLE OF WIGHT—Kenneth Bunch, the Carrsville District representative on the Isle of Wight County School Board, resigned Thursday before he was appointed to the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors.

“One individual cannot hold two elected positions at one time,” Bunch said prior to the supervisors appointing him to the vacancy in the Carrsville District created by former Chairman Phillip Bradshaw’s resignation.

A special election to permanently fill Bradshaw’s unexpired term on the Board of Supervisors will be held in November 2011.

Bunch had served on the School Board since 2004. The School Board at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, will hold a public hearing at Windsor Elementary School to consider a possible appointment to the position until a special election can be held.

Bradshaw, whose term expires in 2013, resigned Thursday after serving 17 years on the board. Last week, he was hired as the chief financial officer for Isle of Wight County Schools.

Supervisor Al Casteen cast a dissenting vote for Bunch’s appointment because he believed the process of filling the vacancy should’ve been more involved.

Bunch was the only person to publicly express interest in the position, said county spokesman Don Robertson.

“I’m not aware of anybody else expressing an interest, but someone may have called board members individually,” Robertson said.

The Board of Supervisors named Tom Wright the new chairman of the board.