2017-01-25 / Front Page

Four qualify for Waynesboro Mayor

By Diana Royal

Herman Brown Herman Brown With the special election coming up on March 21, four candidates have qualified to compete for the vacant post of Waynesboro mayor.

The vacancy occurred last August, when Mayor Pauline W. Jenkins lost a brief battle with cancer just eight months into her second term. Vice-Mayor Herman Brown began acting as mayor following Jenkins’ request for medical leave and continued serving in the position until last week when he had to step down in order to qualify. Waynesboro’s charter does not allow current elected officials to qualify for mayor. Brown, who announced his plans to run for mayor in mid-December, has represented Ward 2 on the city council since 2007 and had been re-elected to his second two-year term as vice-mayor in January 2016.

A newcomer to the political arena, Waynesboro business owner Kathy Owens also revealed her desire to seek office last month and has qualified for the race as well.

Gregg Carlswell, Jr. Gregg Carlswell, Jr. Also appearing on the ballot and taking a second shot as the city’s mayor will be Greg Carswell. In 2011, he ran against Jenkins and then incumbent George DeLoach, who pulled 458 and 434 votes, respectively, to Carswell’s 145.

Former councilwoman Portia Washington is also making a second bid for mayor. Washington was first elected to city council to represent Ward 3 in 2009. She lost her seat in 2013 to Willie Roy Williams after receiving just 29 votes.

She appeared on the 2015 ballot as a write-in candidate for mayor and entered the election with a bench warrant for her arrest hanging over her head after facing charges in Magistrate Court for illegal dumping.

The qualifying period to fill Brown’s vacated council seat will be held Jan. 30-Feb. 1. That contest will also be decided in the March election.

A future edition of The True Citizen will feature a “Meet the Candidates” section in which contenders will have the opportunity to sound off on important issues and what their plans are should they be elected.

Kathy Owens Kathy Owens

Portia Washington Portia Washington

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