Meadows wins reelection in Fifth Ward

By Nikki Blankenship-Hamilton - [email protected]

Voters in Portsmouth’s Fifth Ward have voted to reelect incumbent Gene Meadows as Fifth Ward City Councilman.

Meadows will be entering his second term on City Council, joining the City’s legislative body in January 2013. Meadows has also worked as a criminal defense attorney for nearly 30 years.

He won the election against write-in candidate Hannah Storey with 58.82 percent of the vote.

During his time on Council, Meadows has been part of landmark events within the City, including the change to a City Manager form of government and the hiring of a City Manager. He has also worked on Council through budgetary issues, including efforts to get the City off of fiscal watch.

The City of Portsmouth was placed on fiscal watch by the State Auditor’s office in November of 2012. Since that time, Portsmouth has worked to get every fund out of the red, with only the sewer fund remaining in deficit.

Meadows second term on Council will begin in January. Portsmouth City Council members are elected for a term of four years. Each member of Council elected or appointed from a ward must have resided in that ward for a period of at least six months and must have been a resident of the City for at least three years immediately preceding the council member’s election.

The Daily Times attempted to contact Meadows for comment; however, he was not available as of press time.

By Nikki Blankenship-Hamilton

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