School board, council see no changes
In Petersburg, both Parham and Myers win re-election bids
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.
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