Sussex County local election qualifying deadline nears

By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: June 9, 2019 | 3:15 p.m.

SUSSEX – As of May 31, fewer than half the incumbents for some of the significant local positions up for grabs in Sussex County had yet qualified, meaning a prospective candidate has filed all paperwork necessary to appear on the ballot in the upcoming November 5 election.

When contacted for information about potential local candidates who already have filed for re-election as the June 11 deadline draws ever closer, Sussex County Registrar William Jenkins indicated that both Sussex County Sheriff Ernest Giles and Sussex County Treasurer Deste Cox already have qualified for the November 5 ballot. Both are unopposed at this report.

Jenkins also reported that the Board of Supervisors candidates who have qualified for the ballot at this time include incumbent John Stringfield and challenger Wayne Jones for the Wakefield district, incumbent Keith Blowe and challenger Debbie Parham Jones of the Stony Creek district, and incumbent Rufus Tyler of the Henry District.

Calls to other incumbents who could be up for re-election yielded verification that both current Sussex Supervisors Chairman Susan Seward of the Blackwater district and Supervisor Alfred G. Futrell of the Waverly district do intend to run and are in the process of completing the necessary paperwork.

Supervisor Eric Fly of the Courthouse district, who was out collecting signatures to qualify before the deadline when he was reached on his cell phone Saturday, said, “Well, I have been serving on the board for 16 years, and had not intended to run this time. But I recently realized that now is not the time to quit. This is THE election that will determine the future of Sussex County and its citizens.”

Among the board of supervisor incumbents, only Stringfield and Blowe officially are being challenged as of this report. Tie-Breaker Steve M. White had not responded to calls prior to deadline.

Jenkins also reported that no new candidates for Sussex County School Board had yet qualified, but three of the six incumbents – Eddie Morris of the Courthouse district, Linda Skipper of the Stony Creek district and Doris Hamlin of the Waverly district – had done so. In regard to the other three incumbents, when reached by phone, Laurie S. Latham of the school board’s Blackwater district said that she does intend to run for re-election while longtime school board member Gloria S. Holloman of the Wakefield district indicated that she does not intend to run.

Current Board Member Terry A. Massenburg of the Henry district had not responded by press time.

Other incumbents who had not yet completed qualification paperwork for the fall ballot as of May 31 included Commissioner of Revenue Ellen G. Boone and Commonwealth’s Attorney Lyndia Ramsey. Both confirmed by phone that they do intend to run for re-election.

The final deadline for qualification for all candidates is June 11.

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