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Knight files for re-election to council

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Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight speaks to a group of supporters after filing his notice of candidacy for the Ward 1 city council seat Friday at the Edgecombe County Board of Elections in Tarboro.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Saturday, July 13, 2019

TARBORO — Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight filed to run for re-election on Friday while surrounded by supporters at the Edgecombe County Board of Elections.

Knight and nearly 30 Twin Counties municipal candidates filed this week, joining the two dozen candidates who filed on July 5. The candidate filing period lasts until noon on July 19.

The Nash County Board of Elections is considering extending the deadline. The board will discuss the matter at its Monday meeting.

Knight thanked his supporters who showed up for his filing, including Rocky Mount mayoral candidate Bronson Williams and Ward 3 candidate Nellene Richardson.

“We don’t want to go backwards, we want to go forward,” Knight said.

After filling out the required paperwork and paying the filing fee, Knight said, “It’s official,” to applause from the crowd packed into the elections office.

Knight’s campaign manager Robert Davis said they have their work cut out for them, but it is necessary work.

“Andre sees the same vision we see,” Davis said. “We know he will work for us.”

Davis said he arrived in Rocky Mount in 1979 and did not like what he saw. But under Knight’s leadership since 2003, the city has changed for the good.

“We have an opportunity to have a city, not two halves of a city, but a whole city,” Davis said. “What we do this day is about us and our offspring.”

Tarrick Pittman, a native of Rocky Mount, also has filed to run to represent Ward 1 on the City Council.

“I’m a dad, a local business owner, a mentor, a volunteer and proud Rocky Mount citizen,” Pittman said. “Most importantly, I am a neighbor seeking the opportunity to serve the Ward 1 community by being their next representative on City Council.”

Pittman spent more than 25 years in the corporate world and then made the decision to work for himself to be more present with his child’s upbringing and to be a part of the local business community.

“I believe I can help bring about positive change in the city where I was born, have lived for most of my life and proudly call home. Like many of our citizens, I want to see our city continue to grow and prosper,” Pittman said. “As an entrepreneur and parent, not a politician, I will bring a fresh, positive and creative mindset to the City Council, and through my efforts, collaborating with all members of council, will help our great city move forward in a positive manner.

“I will work towards policies that allow for rational and responsible development, but also retain what makes our city special,” he said. “Any of my friends will tell you, my passion is bringing people together, working towards a common purpose and doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.”

Also filing for office in Rocky Mount were Robert Alston, Kevin Jones and Sandy Roberson for mayor.

The following candidates filed this week to run in other municipalities in Nash County: Thomas Richards filed for mayor in Bailey; Joel Killion for town commissioner in Bailey; George Alma Edwards for town council in Momeyer; Louise Hinton for town councilwoman in Nashville; and Tony Ray Bennett for town commissioner in Red Oak.

The following candidates filed this week to run for office in Edgecombe County: Wanda Naylor filed for mayor of Conetoe; Annie Pettaway, Ricky Wayne Lynch, Milton Goff Jr. and Ricky Respress for town commissioner in Conetoe; Aubrey Edmonds for town commissioner in Leggett; Mike Keel for mayor in Macclesfield; Charles Lewis and Joyce Braxton for town commissioner in Macclesfield; Florence Wiggins Pender, Oscar Lewis Mabry Jr., Brenda Spanky Barnes, Joyce Bullock Ricks and Wanda Harrison for town commissioner in Pinetops; Linda Joyner and Ken Sanders for town commissioner in Princeville; Kenneth Gray Randolph for town commissioner in Speed; C.B. Brown for town council in Tarboro; and May McCloud for town commissioner in Whitakers.