Ballots to be cast Tuesday

Published 7:50 pm Saturday, November 5, 2016

At long last, a long election season has boiled down to this week.

Suffolk voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for president, as well as other national, state and local races. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Virginia voters have five choices for president: Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson, Green Jill Stein and Independent Evan McMullin.

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For the House of Representatives, Suffolk voters may find themselves voting in different districts from their friends for the first time.

The city is now split between two districts, the 3rd and the 4th.

In the 3rd, Democrat Robert C. “Bobby” Scott and Republican M.L. “Marty” Williams are on the ballot.

In the 4th, Democrat A. Donald McEachin and Republican Michael L. “Mike” Wade are on the ballot.

Voters in the 77th District House of Delegates will find an uncontested Democrat running in a special election for the open seat. C.E. “Cliff” Hayes Jr. is running to replace longtime Delegate Lionell Spruill Sr., who stepped down to run for the state Senate.

Citywide, voters will choose a mayor.

Five people contest the mayor’s seat, including incumbent Linda T. Johnson. Her opponents are Brian Bass, Kerry Holmes, Charles Scott Sr. and Geral D. “Bishop” Staten.

Voters in the Sleepy Hole, Nansemond and Whaleyville boroughs will also find choices for City Council and School Board.

In the Sleepy Hole Borough, incumbent Roger Fawcett faces a challenge from Raymond Batton III.

In the Nansemond Borough, incumbent Lue Ward Jr. will face a challenge from Ben Fitzgerald III.

In the Whaleyville Borough, incumbent Curtis Milteer has three challengers: LaTroy Brinkley, J. Harold Faulk and Vanessa Harris.

Three School Board incumbents are unopposed on the ballot. They are Judith Brooks-Buck in the Nansemond Borough, David Mitnick in the Sleepy Hole Borough and Phyllis Byrum in the Whaleyville Borough.

In addition, two proposed amendments to the state constitution are on the ballot. See inside for the text of these ballot questions.