Towns have upcoming elections

Published 12:05 pm Thursday, April 21, 2016

The upcoming local May election will feature contested council seats in both Lunenburg County towns and a challenger in the Kenbridge mayoral race.

Election Day is May 3. In-person absentee ballots are due April 30.

In Victoria, the council has three seats open, and the body is sure to have at least one new face as Lee Scott chose not to seek re-election.

Incumbents Sandra V. Jones and Ronald E. Mattox are seeking to return to the governing body. They are joined seeking a council seat by challengers C.H. “Chris” Gill, Robert L. Kassel and Daniel W. Medlin.

Seeking to maintain her seat, Mayor Carol R. Watson is running unopposed.

The town has staggered terms and its other board members — Johnnie Brame, Greg Elam and Kenneth Boyd — are not up this year.

Meanwhile, in Kenbridge, Mayor Emory M. Hodges is being challenged by Anthony A. “Tony” Sandy.

Thomas Palmore is the only one of the board’s six other members who chose not to seek reelection

Incumbents D.K. “Ken” Blackburn, C.A. “Cathy” Gilley, Raymond E. Hite Jr., D.G. “Danny” Thompson and Michael R. Bender are seeking to return to the board. Bender joined the council in late February when he was appointed to finish the term of Sallie B. Glenn when she stepped down.

Joining them in seeking election are Hafiz M. Ibrahim and R. Michael McGrath.

All of the candidates in the upcoming Victoria and Kenbridge town elections are running as independents.

In Victoria, Watson noted at the council’s recent meeting that its next meeting won’t be until after the election, and she took the opportunity to remind residents to vote.