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Coun­cil to consider Ward 3 candidates

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Rocky Mount City Council is set to consider the appointment of a replacement for the vacant Ward 3 seat among other topics Monday evening.

The council will discuss the five candidates for the seat during its 5 p.m. Committee of the Whole workshop prior to the regular meeting.

Councilman Andre Knight maintains one of the candidates is ineligible for the appointment due to residency and voter registration issues.

The Rev. Richard Joyner moved into Ward 3 in mid-April. He won't be eligible to vote in the ward for another few weeks. That should disqualify him, Knight said.

During his interview for the seat last week, Joyner said he made sure he was eligible.

The other candidates are Bronson Williams, Gwen Wilkins, Nellene Richardson and Tamisha Patterson.

Whoever is appointed will serve until the next scheduled council election in October 2019. At that time, if the appointee wants to continue to serve on the council, he or she must run for election. If elected, they would serve the remainder of the term, which expires in December 2021, according to state election laws.

In other business at the 7 p.m. meeting, the council is scheduled to congratulate the Rocky Mount Prep Jaguars on a winning season, proclaim the week of May 20 as Public Works Week in the city and declare May as Preservation Month.

The council also will consider a change order with Barnhill Construction and Holt Brothers related to the Downtown Event Center.

The council is scheduled to meet in the George W. Dudley City Council Chamber of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building. The Committee of the Whole workshop is set for 5 p.m., but could start at 4 p.m. due to the number of items scheduled for the council to discuss.

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