School board, coun­cil see no changes

In Peters­burg, both Parham and My­ers win re-elec­tion bids

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By John Adam Mul­ti­me­dia Ed­i­tor

PETERS­BURG — Un­like the gov­ern­ing body down the road in Hopewell, the Peters­burg City Coun­cil will fea­ture all fa­mil­iar faces af­ter Tues­day night’s elec­tions.

In­cum­bent Mayor Sa­muel Parham won re-elec­tion in Ward 3, de­feat­ing chal­lenger George Fri­day, 1201 votes, to 741 votes.

“The win is grat­i­fy­ing,” said Parham. “The cit­i­zens have en­trusted me to con­tinue the strong push of lead­er­ship that I feel like I have brought to the ta­ble in Peters­burg; they see a lot of the moves that I have made as the right moves.”

Parham said that he will con­tinue to fo­cus on the city’s fi­nances as the city con­tin­ues to try to achieve fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity af­ter years of be­ing fis­cally mis­man­aged.

“This makes me want to get more ag­gres­sive with push­ing the city for­ward and mak­ing the nec­es­sary de­ci­sions,” he said. “Peters­burg needs some strong lead­er­ship, and I thank my con­stituents for be­liev­ing in my style of lead­er­ship.”

In Ward 5, in­cum­bent W. Howard My­ers kept his seat with 465 votes; chal­lenger Bev­erly A. Cole­man got 351 votes; write-in can­di­dates Ken­neth Lewis and Natan McKen­zie got 322 votes between them.

My­ers said that he was “elated” af­ter the vic­tory and thanked his con­stituents for “al­low­ing me to rep­re­sent you to keep mov­ing this city for­ward.”

“I prom­ise to make this city the best city to live, work and play,” he said.

My­ers said one of his goals while con­tin­u­ing to serve on the coun­cil is to fo­cus more on home own­er­ship among res­i­dents in the city.

Else­where in the city, Ward 1 Coun­cil­woman Treska Wil­son-Smith, and Ward 7 Coun­cil­man John Hart both won re­elec­tion, as they were run­ning un­op­posed.

For the Peters­burg School Board, Ward 5 rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lois Long, Ward 1 rep­re­sen­ta­tive and School Board Vice-Chair Steven L. Pierce, Ward 7 rep­re­sen­ta­tive Adrian T. Dance, and Ward 3 rep­re­sen­ta­tive and School Board Chair­man Ken­neth L. Pritch­ett all won re-elec­tion, run­ning un­op­posed.

John Adam may be reached at jadam@ progress-in­dex.com or 804-722-5172.

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In this Jan. 3, 2017, file photo, Ward 3 Coun­cil­man Sa­muel Parham, left, speaks dur­ing a meet­ing as Ward 5 Coun­cil­man and pre­vi­ous Mayor W. Howard My­ers lis­tens. Both Parham and My­ers won their re-elec­tion bids on Tues­day night.[MICHAEL

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