Late Mayor's Daughter Seeks Office
Annie McWilliams is challenging City Council President Harold Gibson in the June primary for the citywide at-large seat. Last month, Annie McWilliams gave a presentation on a public memorial sought by family and friends of her father, who died of renal cancer at the age of 53. The group had hoped for a council resolution in time for a commemorative church service April 6, but at the March 19 regular council meeting, Gibson exercised his power as president to remove the resolution from the agenda. (Plaintalker’s coverage engendered a letter from Gibson and comments from the mayor’s widow, Darlene, and others. See the March 28 blog post.)
Adrian Mapp, a former city councilman and Union County freeholder, also filed for a council seat, opposing incumbent Councilman Don Davis in the Third Ward. Mapp drew the wrath of both local and county Regular Democrats by retaining leadership of the New Democrats after winning on the party line. Resident Olive Lynch is also making her first political bid for the Third Ward seat under the slogan, “Democrat for Change.”
Councilman William Reid is unopposed in the primary. Reid is seeking a two-year unexpired term representing the First Ward.
Republican Deborah Dowe is unopposed for the citywide at-large seat and no GOP candidates filed for the other two seats.