Ridgeway City Council – 6 places, 3 candidates | Local News
The town of Ridgeway will have three candidates for city council in the November ballot – that’s only half of the six positions that will be up for election.
Currently, City Council members are James B. Hairston, Michael R. Bass, Timothy L. Wood, Bradford E. Rakes, and Maeve McCulloch, and there is a vacancy filled more recently by Susan McCulloch, Maeve McCullouch’s mother. .
Bass, Hairston and Wood are running again and will be on the ballot. Vacancies are those held by Rake, Maeve McCulloch and formerly by Susan McCulloch.
Additionally, Ridgeway Mayor Craig A. O’Der Jr. is running unopposed for re-election. In Ridgeway, voters choose a separate mayor from the council. It’s different from Martinsville, where city council members chose one of their own to be mayor.
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The only reason Maeve McCulloch didn’t officially take part in the poll was because of timing. She just joined the Board within a month and so far has only attended one meeting. By the time she became familiar with her role on the Council and decided to pursue it, the deadline to put her name on the ballot had passed.
McCulloch is 18 and a spring graduate of Magna Vista High School. She attends Patrick & Henry Community College with the aim of earning an English degree, but with her past position on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, she said, it “has always been in my spirit” of being part of the local government.
His mother, Susan McCulloch, had also served on the city council, which further “ignited interest” in a role in local government, she said. Her mother was a big inspiration.
Susan McCulloch left her role in July. She served as city manager of Buchanan, which often takes her out of the area during the week, O’Der said.
The city council appointed Maeve McCulloch to fill the place of council member Kevin Hubbard, who left the area.
Maeve McCulloch said she wanted to add a “younger perspective” to the board and bring Ridgeway up to speed on social media. She wants to plan community events and increase community engagement and continue to help with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and parade.
Most of all, she says, she wants to help Ridgeway be a “happier, better place” and maintain the “homey and safe” atmosphere it already has.
“I think she’s a wonderful, fantastic young woman who has tremendous leadership potential,” O’Der said. “She’s really become a fantastic leader and someone I value her opinion on.”
“When she was thinking about running,” O’Der added, “we thought she would be a great addition to the city council.”
O’Der said normally the election would have taken place in May and the terms of council members would all have ended in July. Due to a new legislature, “everyone was forced to do… their elections in November. This created some confusion.
So Council members who expected their terms to end in July continue for an additional 6 months of service, O’Der said. Ridgeway was the only municipality in Henry County to hold elections in May, and many other Commonwealth municipalities also held elections in May, he said.
All seats are in place at the same time, O’Der said.
Polling stations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8. Masks are encouraged and appreciated, and social distancing will be practiced.
The general election is for Member of the House of Representatives for the Ninth District, Mayor of the Town of Ridgeway, Ridgeway City Council, and Ridgeway District Representative for the Henry County School Board.
The last day to register to vote or change voter registration information is October 17.
Early in-person absentee voting will take place at the Henry County Administration Building, 3300 Kings Mountain Road from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning September 23 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 29 and november. 5.
For mail-in voting: October 28 at 5 p.m. is the last day to request a mail-in ballot; on November 8, all cast ballots must be returned to the Registrar’s Office by 7:00 p.m.; and by Nov. 14, all ballots must be marked in the mail on or before Election Day and received by noon to be counted.
Ballot drop-off locations, located in the Henry County Administration Building, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 through Nov. 7 and concurrently on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.
The Registrar’s Office asks voters to verify voter registration, voting location, and valid identification at www.vote.virginia.gov. For more information, email [email protected] or visit www.henrycountyva.gov/elections—-registrar.