Connelly files for re-election; Moore files for Farmville mayor
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Greenville’s mayor and a Farmville commissioner seeking to fill that town’s top seat were the among the first people to become candidates on the first day of filing in the 2019 municipal elections in Pitt County.
P.J. Connelly is seeking a second term as Greenville’s mayor while John Moore, a three-term Farmville commissioner, is running for mayor in that town.
“I think we’ve had a great first term and accomplished a lot and I’m really looking to continuing the good progress we’ve made over the last two years,” Connelly said.
The city has seen a 22 percent drop in crime during the last two years, he said. There have been a record number of in road and stormwater system improvements, bicycle lanes and sidewalks.
In 2018, the Town Common hosted events 51 out of 52 weekends, Connelly said.
Connelly said he wants the city to continue to focus on economic development and the public-private development partnership made up of Greenville, the Committee of 100, Greenville Utilities Commission, other local municipalities and local business and industry.
“We want to make sure Greenville is an exciting place to be so we want to make sure we have a lot of venues to keep the young professionals, the young adults, people of all different ages staying in our community,” Connelly said.
Moore has served 12 years on Farmville’s Board of Commissioners. He said he believes in term limits and running for mayor will allow him to continue working on and being a part of the community’s growth.
“Farmville has a tremendous future,” he said. In the coming weeks a new bakery and barbershop will open. A furniture-making school also plans to open in town.
Moore, a Farmville native, also wants the community to continue supporting the satellite campuses of Pitt Community College and East Carolina University.
A dozen people filed to run to run in Greenville, Farmville, Simpson and Winterville municipal elections on Friday.
Greenville’s longest-serving council member and mayor pro tem, Rose Glover, also was among the first-day filers. She picked up a challenger, John Landrine, for the District 2 seat.
Jermaine McNair, founder and director of NC CIVIL, a community action organization that promotes citizen engagement and partnership development for community initiatives, filed to run for the council at-large seat that is currently held by Brian Meyerhoeffer, East Carolina University director of immigration services.
Monica Daniels became a first-time candidate for the council’s District 1 seat. Daniels was appointed in January to complete the unfinished term of Kandie Smith following her election to the General Assembly.
Dave Nelson filed to run for the council’s District 3 seat. The seat is currently held by Will Bell, who is finishing up his first term.
Incumbent Winterville councilmen Tony Moore and Ricky Hines were joined by Perry P. Smith in filing as candidates for the three council seats on that community’s ballot. Moore is seeking his sixth term and Hines his second.
Incumbent Dianne Thomas is running for re-election to the Simpson Village Council.
Incumbent Brenda Elks is running for re-election to the Farmville Board of Commissioners.
Filing continues Monday at the Pitt County Board of Election, 1717 W. Fifth St. Its hours of operations are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Filing ends at noon July 19.
Candidates who have filed:
P.J. Connelly (I)
Rose Glover (I)
Board of Commissioners
Brenda Elks (I)
Dianne Thomas (I)
Ricky Hines (I)
Tony Moore (I)
Perry P. Smith