Barclay runs without opposition

Published 10:37 pm Thursday, October 30, 2008

At least one candidate election night will have no worries about the outcome.

Rob Barclay has known for months he will be the next councilman representing the Sleepy Hole borough.

When the decision was made for the direct election of the mayor this year, the council was expanded to eight seats so that the mayor does not serve as both a borough representative and mayor.

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Currently, Mayor Linda T. Johnson represents the Sleepy Hole borough, and she announced earlier in the year she would seek the mayor’s office instead of her borough seat.

Barclay was the only resident to throw his hat into the ring for the council race.

He is an attorney with the Portsmouth law firm Cooper, Spong & Davis, P.C.

He has served four years as a commissioner of the Virginia Port Authority and spent seven years as a member of the Portsmouth Planning Commission.

Barclay says it is his experience and professional background that qualify him to “analyze and make judgments on the issues coming before council.”

His focus is on preserving and protecting the quality of life for residents in the Sleepy Hole borough. He plans to do this by maintaining high quality in schools, by ensuring that North Suffolk gets public safety funding and by managing the transition of Sleepy Hole from rural to suburban development.

“Those seem to be the issues in the voters’ minds,” he said. “That’s the feedback I get when I go to meet and greets and talk to people.”

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