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Town offices at stake in Tuesday vote

SoVaNow.com / April 29, 2010
Mecklenburg County registrar Bert Carter expects a moderate turnout Tuesday when voters go to the polls to choose council members in Boydton, Chase City, Clarksville, La Crosse and South Hill. Boydton and Chase City will hold contested mayoral elections.

Carter said turnout was moderate in 2008 when county voters last elected municipal officials.

The liveliest races are expected in Boydton, Chase City, Clarksville, and the second ward in South Hill where three incumbents and a challenger are seeking three council seats.

In Boydton, Chase City, and Clarksville, the communities and their candidates are discussing and debating the future directions of economic development. The towns have completed revitalization projects in their historic downtowns and are using federal funds to address problems with aging water and sewer systems. In all three communities, sizeable parcels of land best suited for large-scale residential, commercial, and industrial development lie just beyond town limits.

Clarksville
Clarksville Town Council incumbents Carolyn Hite and Linda Davenport, also a planning commission member, both voted to seek a boundary adjustment to expand the town’s footprint. Glenn Jurczyk, a Council candidate in 2008 and the former chairman of the Clarksville planning commission, also advocates expansion of the town by boundary adjustment.

Jurczyk, however, is campaigning for a more open process, a viewpoint also expressed by the two incumbents.

Christopher Clarke, who first ran for Town Council in 2008, sees technology companies and small business as keys to growth. He would like to see the town make a serious effort to bring in a new Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Councilwoman Weston Gupton is not seeking re-election.

Mayor Kevin Allgood is unopposed in his re-election bid.

Boydton
Boydton Mayor Bob Salzmann faces opposition from town planning commission chairman Gerald Wrenn. Economic development issues dominate their debate.

Six candidates are seeking seats on Boydton Town Council. In the race with incumbents Vice Mayor Bettie Herbert, David Eason, and Ronnie Worley are Jason Baker, Jeanne Capello and William Coleman.

Chase City
Chase City Town Council members James Bohannon and Winthy Hatcher are seeking re-election. Also running in the six-way race for three seats are Sylvia Edmonds, Brenda Hatcher, Franklin Tanner, and Marshall “Tommy” Whitaker.

Councilwoman Dominique Sturdifen is not pursuing another term.

Leroy Icenhour is challenging Mayor Eddie Bratton.

South Hill
Incumbents seeking to represent the Ward 2 are Vice Mayor Leroy Sasser, Mike Moody, and Greg Harper. Andrew Mosely also is running.

In Ward 1, incumbent Lillie Feggins-Boone and incumbent Delores Luster are seeking council seats. Luster is running unopposed in a special election.

La Crosse
A light turnout is expected in La Crosse, where only two council candidates, F.A. Hendrick and Melvin Jiggetts, are seeking election. There are three open seats. John Love is stepping down but no candidates filed to run for his seat.

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