Whitehall News

On the fall ballot

Council's Ward 3 is only city race with challengers


Whitehall voters will choose Board of Education members and a Ward 3 representative to City Council.

They'll also consider two proposed amendments to the city charter on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The city's four ward representatives to City Council are up for election in November.

The three at-large council members and the council president were elected in 2011 and are in mid-term.

Three of the city's four ward representatives are running unopposed.

Ward 1 Councilman Chris Rodriguez, Ward 2 Councilman Wes Kantor and Ward 4 Councilman Van Gregg are all unopposed.

In Ward 3, where incumbent Councilman Leo Knoblauch is precluded from seeking re-election, two candidates will vie for the seat. Knoblauch is a candidate for the Whitehall Board of Education.

Larry Morrison and David Nixon, both of Ross Road, are running for the Ward 3 seat.

Six candidates hope to fill three open seats on the Whitehall Board of Education, and a seventh candidate is unopposed for an unexpired term.

Incumbent board members Walter Armes and Blythe Wood are seeking re-election, facing challengers Knoblauch, Kenneth Abshire, Darryl Hammock Jr. and Lorna Russell.

Hammock was appointed to the board following the Feb. 28 resignation of Brandon Howard, whose term expires Dec. 31.

Joy Bivens, who was appointed following the Feb. 28 resignation of Ronda Howard, is unopposed to fill the term that expires Dec. 31, 2015.

For the third time -- but for the first time in 12 years -- voters will be asked whether to repeal term limits that were approved in 1994 for all elected municipal officials.

Voters also will be asked whether the election of the auditor should be changed so that the term is staggered against council members rather than other department heads. If approved, the next election of the auditor in 2015 would be for a two-year term, followed by an election in 2017 for a four-year term.