Candidate for Portsmouth City Council’s Third Ward, Jerry Skiver, says he is running out of an obligation to serve.
Skiver is a Portsmouth native who graduated from Glenwood High School in New Boston. After graduation, Skiver went to work on a teaching degree and began his career in education.
After college, Skiver went to work as a teacher in Portsmouth in 1969. He taught at the Highland, Roosevelt and McKinley schools, furthering his connection with Portsmouth. His four children are also all graduates of Portsmouth High School.
Years into his career, Skiver says he went back to school, earning a masters degree in education administration and became a principal for Portsmouth City Schools. Skiver eventually left the area to pursue a career as a superintendent. Eventually, he did return to the area, going to work at New Boston schools. While working as superintendent for New Boston, Skiver says he dealt with a variety of issues include fiscal, administrative and personnel issues. Skiver felt this experience helped him to prepare for political experience. In 2009, he ran in the mayoral race, coming in second.
“As I look around, I think the community’s been good to me. At this time in my life, I would like to give something back,” Skiver commented.
He added that was a major motivation in his decision to return to New Boston for employment. Skiver stated he felt he had something to give to the community and school district that had impacted him early in his life. Now, he feels he can assist in his hometown where his children were raised and attended school.
“In looking at our present situation, my goal is to do whatever’s best for the city and the citizens of Portsmouth,” Skiver stated. “I have no agenda, as far as any ax to grind or anything like that. That’s not why I’m dong this.”
Though Skiver stated that he has a different perspective than the incumbent, he stated that they share many opinions as well. Skiver agreed with the incumbent on issues of street and infrastructure repair as well as many other concerns including the concept that the City and County need to have a better working relationship.
Skiver added that the incumbent was a student of his and is a great guy.
“All of us are made up of the experiences we have in life. I think that I have a set of experiences that would sit out well in the situation we are in right now,” Skiver stated.
Though he says he agrees with goals of the incumbent, Skiver says he thinks the two would still differ in how they would accomplish such goals.
The candidate stated that the future of the city is bright.
“I think there are better days to come, and we do have a lot to offer in this area,” Skiver commented.
However, in order to get to this point, Skiver says he would look at issues critically and plan properly.
Skiver will be running against incumbent Kevin E. Johnson in the election for Third Ward council seat.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.