Five candidates are seeking four available seats on Smithfield City Council.
According to the Isle of Wight County Registrar’s Office, incumbents Valerie Butler, Wayne Hall and Carter Williams each filed paperwork by the June 21 deadline to get their names on the November ballot – as did the challengers Jeff Brooks and Steve Bowman.
Former Farmers Market Manager Teresa Frantz also filed a nomination petition, but got 13 signatures short of the 125 verified city voters she needed to qualify.
Williams is currently the city’s mayor, a role he has held since 2012. In Smithfield, the four candidates who receive the most votes will be the winners of the four available seats, with the mayor then elected by a majority vote of all seats. Council members.
Windsor City Council has three seats up for grabs, plus a separate mayoral race.
George Stubbs, who holds one of three available seats, is running unopposed for mayor instead of seeking re-election to his current post.
Councilor Kelly Blankenship will step down at the end of her term in December, leaving Councilor Randy Carr as the only incumbent to seek re-election. Carr faces three challengers – David Adams, Edward Dowdy and Marlin Sharp. In Windsor, as in Smithfield, the three candidates with the most votes will win the three available seats.
Residents of the Windsor and Carrollton area will also vote in November in a special election to fill two school board seats – both of which are currently contested.
Renee Dial, who was named Vicky Hulick’s 2021 interim replacement at the school board’s District 2 headquarters (formerly Newport District) will face challenger John “Mark” Wooster.
In the former Windsor District, now known as District 4, incumbent Michael Vines will take on Jason Maresh in what is likely to be a contentious race.
Vines, who was named interim replacement for Julia Perkins in 2021 when the retired teacher quit mid-term, has resisted two attempts by Windsor resident Lewis Edmonds this year to have him recalled from his seat before the elections. Maresh, meanwhile, has frequently used the public comment period at school board meetings to speak out against Isle of Wight County schools’ equity and inclusion efforts, particularly the ‘Read Woke’ challenge. from Smithfield High School.
The challenge encourages students to read social justice-themed books available from the school library. Maresh was one of five county residents to sign a letter to retired superintendent Dr. Jim Thornton last year that argues the books ‘disparage white people as privileged, inherently racist, oppressors and aggressors. “.
Surry Mayor Bennie Savedge, who made history in 2020 by becoming the city’s first African American to hold office, is running unopposed for re-election according to the Surry County Registrar’s Office. . Incumbents Jason Wiedel, Brian Agor, Robert Berryman and Joe Garcia are also in contention for five available seats against challengers Milton Berryman and Harold Jones.
In the city of Dendron, Wallace Faison Jr. is running unopposed for a new term as mayor. City Council incumbents Robert Weidner, Willie Richardson Jr., Adam Chub Jr. and Edward Joyner are also up for re-election with six seats available, leaving two open for write-in votes.
In the city of Claremont, George Edwards is running unopposed for re-election as mayor. City council incumbents Sue Gilbert, Rodney “Dale” Perkinson Jr. and Phillip Yerby IV are also seeking new terms, as are former mayor Louise Hansch and former council member Terrie Foster, for five available seats. .
Jason Fuss has also asked to be on the ballot for the Carsley District seat on the Surry County Board of Supervisors.
The Carsley district race, which will be a special election, was sparked by the abrupt resignation of former supervisor Ronald Howell Jr. from the board in April, just months into his first elected term. According to the Surry County Registrar’s Office, candidates for the seat have until August 19 to file their paperwork to get their name on the ballot.