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Milteer runs unopposed

Published 1:15am Sunday, October 7, 2012

Each Sunday through Oct. 28, the Suffolk News-Herald will introduce you to the candidates for local City Council offices. Today, we feature the candidate for the Whaleyville borough. City Councilman Curtis Milteer is unopposed in his re-election bid. On Oct. 14, we will feature Nansemond borough candidates. Sleepy Hole borough candidates will be featured on Oct. 21, with mayoral candidates on Oct. 28.

Suffolk City Councilman Curtis Milteer is seeking re-election to his ninth term representing the Whaleyville borough.

First elected in 1980, he has been returned to office every four years since then. With no opposition this election cycle, it appears the streak will continue.

“There are some things we’re trying to accomplish in improving the condition of the borough,” Milteer said, adding that $8 million has been spent in the borough in improvements throughout the years.

Furthermore, the city’s plan to renovate the closed Robertson Elementary School into a community center shows investment in the small community, Milteer said.

“I count it as being a major improvement,” he said. “Never before, to my knowledge, has any rural community received that sum of money for a major improvement.”

Milteer has served as vice mayor and mayor during his years on City Council, before the mayor changed to a directly elected position in 2008. He also served five years on the Planning Commission before being elected to council.

“The city is in a stronger position than it has been in the last 30 years,” he said. “We have gotten a AA+ bond rating. Never before has that been accomplished. I feel very proud to be a part of it.

“That has given the city a boost in its financials being stable,” he said.

Milteer said the city needs to “keep the focus on staying on target.”

“Stable government gives the city an opportunity to borrow money at a low interest rate,” he said.

Milteer also said he places a priority on economic development and will help recruit new industry and make contacts with developers seeking to locate in the city.

“I believe with my experience and my dedication to the city, it has proven to have people’s caring at heart.”

Milteer said people should elect him to keep the city’s team together.

“The gist of the matter is that we’re continuing the unfinished work that has begun,” he said.

Milteer can be contacted at 934-0630.

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  • FRANKLIN20

    All of you have very valid points about Mr. Milteer! he does have another Four years to do just what he does best SIT on city council! but no worries that makes it easier for a young, vibrant, goal oriented, true representative for the people to be elected. Patience for now, Justice in the Future. Hold on to that folks, change is nigh!

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  • ared924

    LOL…..Cry BABIES !!! If you are so unhappy why did’t some of you step up….WINNING !!!!

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    • Lovebug

      Kind of hard to step up when you don’t live in that area!

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  • Donald

    Truly a Crying Shame! We continue to scream, complain, and bemoan the ineptness of our current and past local administrations and yet we do Nothing to rid ourselves of it. Surely SOMEONE in the Whaleyville District would be willing to step up and start the cleaning.

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    • thekytikat

      Well, it’s too late this time around. But we now have 4 years to find someone from Whaleyville to step up.

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  • Lovebug

    Its so odd to me that a man who calls a citizen crazy at a Council Meeting can continue to sit on city council with NOONE trying to seek his position. Its unreal to me. At some point we have to say enough is enough. He has quite a bit of age on him and when you can understand what he is speaking its not professional just as his comment regarding a citizen speaking at a council meeting.

    Its all very disturbing to me. He should simply step down and allow someone else to fill his seat.

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    • thekytikat

      do you remember which City council meeting that was? is the archive still available?

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      • Lovebug

        Funny you ask…..This is going to blow your mind as it did mine! I’m not sure of the exact date I would have to look at my recording. What I have learned is this….After the Council meeting someone EDITS the meeting and covers (deletes) what they don’t want the “public” to hear/see in the archive. Guess they don’t realize that people such as myself who might miss it will record it and they can’t edit my version.

        I don’t know the exact date but it was the one about the budget and many teachers were there. The problem is you won’t hear him telling the other council member “that guy is nuts” which was a citizen making a very valid point and didn’t sound very nuts to me.

        From what I understand the edit they do is legal if it doesn’t take from the “context”. What he said was viewed as a simple comment directed to another council member. LOL Makes me wonder what else they edit!!!!

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  • thekytikat

    So, since he is running unopposed, he will win. By the next time he is up for re-election, he will have served on City Council for 36 years. That’s ridiculous. Come on Suffolk! Surely there are folks out there fed up with how the city is being run. We need you to serve on City Council!

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