Four running for Town Council, School Board

Published 12:56 pm Sunday, July 3, 2022

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Four candidates are seeking three available seats on Windsor’s Town Council.

George Stubbs, who holds one of the three available seats, is running unopposed in a separate mayoral race in lieu of seeking reelection to his current role.

Councilwoman Kelly Blankenship will step down at the end of her term in December, leaving Councilman Randy Carr as the sole incumbent seeking reelection. Carr faces three challengers — David Adams, Edward Dowdy and Marlin Sharp — all of whom filed paperwork by the June 21 deadline to get their names on the November ballot, according to the Isle of Wight County Registrar’s Office.

The three candidates with the highest number of votes will claim the three available seats.

Windsor- and Carrollton-area residents will also be voting this November in a special election to fill two School Board seats — both of which are now contested.

Renee Dial, who was appointed as Vicky Hulick’s interim replacement in 2021 to the School Board’s District 2 (formerly Newport District) seat, will face off against challenger John “Mark” Wooster.

In the former Windsor District, now known as District 4, incumbent Michael Vines will face Jason Maresh in what is likely to be a contentious race.

Vines, who was appointed as Julia Perkins’ interim replacement in 2021 when the retired teacher resigned midterm, has withstood two attempts by Windsor resident Lewis Edmonds this year to have him recalled from his seat ahead of the election. Maresh, meanwhile, has frequently used the public comment period at School Board meetings to speak against Isle of Wight County Schools’ equity and inclusion efforts.