PDT Staff Writer
Third Ward Portsmouth City Councilman Nick Basham announced Monday night that he is resigning his position on Council.
Basham said he is planning to move to Lawrence County, which would put him closer to his job as a music teacher at Rock Hill High School. His wife Renee also is employed at Rock Hill High School.
“In the past four years I think the citizens have witnessed a more transparent council,” Basham said. “I feel the City Council is slowly earning some trust in the public. We have tried to communicate and show the public, we, as Council, want to do things right and the correct way. I hope this trend will continue with the current City Council. I will lend my experience to Kevin E. Johnson as he runs unopposed as the new Third Ward Councilman in November.”
Basham easily out-distanced incumbent Bob Mollette, by a 2-to-1 margin, garnering 805 votes to Mollette’s 391 in the Nov. 4, 2009 general election, taking office in January of 2010.
Basham was part of a two-person sweep in that election, First Ward Councilman Kevin W.W. Johnson being the other. He defeated Mike Mearan to become the new First Ward Council representative. Johnson walked away with 58.88 percent of the vote to Mearan’s 41.12 percent, getting 474 votes to Mearan’s 331.
Basham, like Mollette before him, often was the boat rocker among Council issues. Recently, Basham voiced his opposition to the use of city tax money by Main Street Portsmouth to buy a sign for a private business.
Johnson said the city will now advertise for a replacement, but cautioned that Kevin E. Johnson has already had his name placed on the ballot and is set to run unopposed in November.
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