By FRANK LEWIS
PDT Staff Writer
Portsmouth City Auditor M. Trent Williams has been returned to his office for another term.
“I feel like in my particular race that he (Doyle) didn’t do a lot, and I feel like my experience is what the people were more confident with,” Williams said. “It was pretty much of a landslide in my race.”
Williams pulled off a 3,089 to 1,222 vote win over his challenger Russell R. Doyle, 71.65 percent to 28.35 percent.
“As far as the other races (income tax increase and city manager form) I think the message got out there,” Williams said. “Those in favor of the city manager change did a pretty good radio blitz in getting their message out there. And I think people have seen the problems that the city has had since they went to the mayor form.”
Williams said he was not around at the time Portsmouth had a city manager form of government the last time.
“I’m not experienced with working with a city manager, but I think what people were saying is that it’s worth giving it a try again,” Williams said. “I think it may have been some of the people that remember the old days. And maybe things were working better back then.’