Three School Board and City Council seats on Tuesday ballot

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 2, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

Whaleyville will be the campaign hotspot on Tuesday.

Most of the competition in the city’s municipal elections is in the city’s rural southern district, where both veteran City Councilman Curtis Milteer and School Board member Sharon Harris are facing challengers.

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Milteer, 73, who has represented Whaleyville residents for more than two decades, faces competition from Suffolk businessman Roger A. Leonard and the Rev. Isaac Baker, associate minister of First Baptist Church, Mahan Street.

Harris, who is ending her first term on the board, is being challenged by Bessie Watson, director of youth and family services in Isle of Wight County.

Veteran School Board member John Riddick of the Nansemond borough is being opposed by Thelma Hinton, a member of the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Vice Mayor Leroy Bennett, also from the Nansemond district, is unopposed.

Neither Councilwoman Linda T. Johnson nor School Board member Jim Perkinson, both from the Sleepy Hole district, are being challenged.

The Suffolk News-Herald recently sent campaign questionnaires to candidates, the results of which are published in today’s newspaper.

The newspaper did not receive a response from Bennett before its publishing deadline. Efforts to reach him by telephone Saturday morning were unsuccessful.