Predictions on Pilot endorsements: Portsmouth 2012

In accordance with the guide provided by Virginian-Pilot editorial page editor Donald Luzzatto, here are my predictions for the local races in Portsmouth:

  • Mayor: Incumbent Kenny Wright. I expect the endorsement to ding Wright a bit on his response to the tolls situation – he said he was unaware of those plans – but to say that his challenger, Charles Whitehurst, is too divisive for the role required as mayor.
  • City Council (3 seats): With only five candidates, the two incumbents, Steve Heretick and Curtis Edmonds, will garner the endorsement. The third seat is really where the battle lies, and I think the scales are tipped in favor of former council member Elizabeth Psimas.. I expect they will have nice things to say about former school board member Linda Ridenour.
  • School Board (6 seats): Five incumbents are among the seven candidates for the six seats. I predict these five – James E. Bridgeford, B. Keith Nance, Sr., Elizabeth Daniels, Edward P. “Ned” McCabe, and Costella B. Williams – will be endorsed along with June A.C. Mouran.

There you have it 😉

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