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Greenville has three-way races for mayor, District 2 seat

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Bobby Burns

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Two candidates emerged to challenge Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly in a flurry of last-minute filings that included challengers in two more Greenville City Council races, according to the Pitt County Board of Elections.

Renee Boston-Hill and Demetrius Hicks filed to seek the mayor’s office on Friday, the last day for candidates to get their names on the ballot for the nonpartisan municipal election set for Nov. 5.

Former mayoral candidate Ernest T. Reeves also filed for the City Council District 2 seat currently held by long-time incumbent Rose Glover. Reeves’ decision to run created a three-way race between him, Glover and John Landrine.

Boston-Hill is a health care retiree who moved to Greenville about 12 years ago. Reached by phone Friday night she said she will be releasing information about her campaign in the near future.

Hicks, 26, an operations manager for Gotcha, a micromobility company that replaced Lime in Greenville, also is preparing more information about his campaign. He has never run for any office before, “so it should be interesting,” he said.

He was motivated to file by President Trump’s “Keep America Great” campaign rally in Greenville.

“As I was walking around with a few of my friends protesting, people were screaming expletives at us,” he said. “And people were being volatile overall. Growing up here in Greenville, that is not a community I have largely become acquainted with. So it was heartbreaking to see that, especially as a black man. I don’t think that group of people was representative of our city.”

Greenville District 5 incumbent Will Litchfield also picked up a challenge from newcomer Aaron Bailey.

The other Greenville races remained unchanged with District 1 and District 4 incumbents Monica Daniels and Rick Smiley, respectively, unchallenged and District 3 incumbent Will Bell facing a challenge from Dave Nelson.

A total of 10 people filed on Friday, but three elected offices in Pitt County towns remained with no candidates, including one open seat for the town board in Falkland and two in Fountain.

They will be filled in November by whomever receives the most write-in votes, according to the Board of Elections.

Following is a list of all the filings. Candidates who filed Friday are designated with an asterisk.

AYDEN

Mayor

Steve Tripp (I)

Raymond Langley

Ward 1

Ivory Mewborn (I)

Ward 2

Cindy Goff (I)

Eric Walls

BETHEL

Mayor

Gloristine Brown (I)

Board of Commissioners

(Five seats)

Ferrell Blount (I)

Janet Everett Davis (I)

Ed Dennis (I)

*Thomas Lilley

Carl Wilson (I)

FALKLAND

Mayor

*Ginger Little

Board of Commissioners

(Three seats)

Joy M. Collins (I)

*James Ronald Norville

FARMVILLE

Mayor

John O. Moore

Board of Commissioners

(Three seats)

Jamin Dixon (I)

Brenda Elks (I)

Bert Smith

Marshal Vines

Carolyn D. Ward

FOUNTAIN

Mayor

Shirley A. Mitchell (I)

Board of Commissioners

(Four seats)

Doris Jean Edwards (I)

*Rhonda Lynn Johnson

Glen Vines

GREENVILLE

Mayor

*Renee Boston-Hill

P.J. Connelly (I)

*Demetrius Hicks

Council At-Large

Jermaine McNair

Brian Meyerhoeffer

District 1

Monica Daniels

District 2

Rose Glover (I)

John Landrine

*Ernest T. Reeves

District 3

Will Bell (I)

Dave Nelson

District 4

Rick Smiley (I)

District 5

*Aaron Bailey

Will Litchfield (I)

GRIFTON

Board of Commissioners

(Three seats)

William K. Barnes (I)

Johnny Craft (I)

Angela T. Gay

GRIMESLAND

Board of Alderman

(Five seats)

Ted Bowles (I)

Ronnie J. Bowling (I)

Eleanor H. Farr (I)

Kyle Hodges (I)

*Debbie Sekulski

*Michael Sekulski

Gerald Whitley (I)

SIMPSON

Mayor

Richard Zeck (I)

Council (three seats)

Craig Ferguson

Brenda Gatlin Hawkins (I)

Mary Staton Moye (I)

Dianne Thomas (I)

WINTERVILLE

Council (Three seats)

Angela Cumbo

Ricky Hines (I)

Tony Moore (I)

Tucker Moore

Veronica Roberson (I)

Perry P. Smith

Contact Bobby Burns at baburns@reflector.com and 329.9572.

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