Not knowing the Virginian-Pilot’s endorsement schedule, I figured I better get this done as soon as I could. Using the roadmap provided by editorial page editor Donald Luzzatto, as well as a re-reading of the 2008 endorsements, here are my predictions for Suffolk (note: contested races only):
- Mayor: The Pilot broke with its longstanding tradition of endorsing incumbents in this election four years ago. I think they will again. Leroy Bennett should get the nod.
- City Council – Nansemond (formerly Sleepy Hole): Incumbent Rob Barclay.
- City Council – Sleepy Hole (formerly Nansemond): This is an open seat, due to Leroy Bennett having be redistricted out of it. A bit of a stab in the dark, I’m going with Kevin Alston.
- School Board – Whaleyville: Incumbent Phyllis C. Byrum
That’s all the localities. In my next post, I’ll do the federal races.