Johnson hangs on to Third Ward

By Nikki Blankenship -

The Third Ward spoke, and have chosen four more years of Councilman Kevin E. Johnson. Johnson beat opponent Jerry Skiver with 370 of 680 votes.

“I want to thank those that voted for me. I want to thank those that didn’t vote for me, that got out and voted,” Johnson stated. “We started a journey four years ago, and we’re going to continue the journey. I’m excited about what’s happening in our City.”

Johnson explained that while the City is doing better financially, he believes there is still work to be done.

The City still has one department that is in the red. As part of Johnson’s goal to get off fiscal watch, he says he hopes to work with City officials to correct that deficit.

Johnson expressed gratitude to his family and all who supported him, as well as his opponent.

“Unlike what our country saw back in November, we set a precedent here in Portsmouth saying that, ‘We want clean politics,’ and that’s what we did,” Johnson stated.

He added that his opponent is a great guy, and knowing that, he was not sure how this election would turn out.

“I’ve been concerned the whole time,” he commented. “Back in the primaries, it was Mr. Gamble, Mr. Skiver and myself. That’s quite a combination of people to run against. So, yeah, I’ve been concerned the whole time. The voters spoke tonight, and I look forward to working very hard for the voters.”

This will be Johnson’s second term serving the Third Ward.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.