Two running for 2nd Ward

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Lowe Street resident is challenging a Lewisburg councilman for the Ward 2 seat on City Council, thereby bringing competition to the third of four races on the May 5 ballot.

Ronnie Hudson, 47, 1820 Lowe St., delivered his petition of candidacy to the Election Commission office on Thursday, the last day for candidates to file and be named on the printed ballot.

Councilman Hershel Davis represents the 2nd Ward. He was elected in 2005. As such he's the only elected incumbent on the Council facing voters in May. That's because Mayor Bob Phillips and Councilman Phil Sanders are not running for re-election, and because Councilman Odie Whitehead Jr. was appointed Oct. 28 to succeed Betsy Shelton.

Whitehead is unopposed in his first bid for election in his own right.

Meanwhile, there are two candidates for mayor and two candidates to represent Ward 4. Retired educator Barbara Woods and former Housing Authority Executive Jerry Freeman are campaigning for mayor. The Rev. Leland Cardin, a retired minister, and Ronald McRady, a retired assistant state prison warden, are running against each other for the Ward 4 seat.

Hudson will be 48 years old next month and has two jobs. He's employed by CosmoLab where he's in maintenance, and he has runs own business to seal coat and stripe parking lots. Hudson has not held public office before. Hudson has been married 24 years and has lived in Lewisburg just as long.

Tomorrow is the deadline for candidates to withdraw their petitions of candidacy. They may drop out at any time, but after Thursday this week, the people who have filed to run will have their names appear on the printed ballot as published here and as the ballot will appear in the polling place.

Thursday last week was the deadline for candidates to file their petitions. Tom Sumners, a former elected official in Lewisburg, obtained a petition to run in the 4th Ward race, but he did not file it. Sumners has stated family reasons for his decision against running.

The last day to register to vote in Lewisburg's May 5 election is April 6. Early voting starts on April 15. Two Saturdays, April 18 and 25 will be when there's early voting on a weekend.

As of Monday, there were 5,615 people registered to vote in Lewisburg.