Incumbents hold council seats

Published 1:41 am Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Voters on Tuesday wanted a change at the nation’s helm.

But leadership at the local level will remained unchanged for the next four years.

Voters elected to keep Vice Mayor Curtis Milteer and Councilman Leroy Bennett, who represent the Whaleyville and Nansemond boroughs, respectively, in office for another term.

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Milteer received 2,695 votes, more than triple the 791 votes received by challenger Jay Quigley. This is the second time Milteer has defeated Quigley for the seat.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to come back and work with the citizens of our city,” said Milteer, 77. “I am the first elected official in the history of the city to be re-elected eight consecutive terms.”

“I think we have a good team.”

Bennett soundly defeated Trisha James, an insurance agent and newcomer to politics, 3,873 to 1,481.

Bennett, who kept tabs on incoming election results with family and friends at the Holiday Inn Express, said he campaigned aggressively to keep his seat.

“Anytime you have opposition, you are concerned,” said Milteer. “I don’t take anything for granted.”

Robert Barclay was unchallenged in his run for the Sleepy Hole seat, which has been occupied by Mayor Linda Johnson. He received 4,543 votes.