Although the filing deadline for the three, up-for-grabs Greenville City council seats hasn’t ended yet, that didn’t stop five candidates from starting to campaign at the Alta Vista Neighborhood Association’s meeting Tuesday night. District 2, District 4, and an at-large seat on City Council are up for election.
Incumbents David Sudduth and Lillian Brock Flemming touted their work on council during their four minutes each, while challengers John DeWorken, Russell Stall, and Wil Brasington emphasized the characteristics they said would make them the best candidates.
DeWorken, a Republican, and Stall, a Democrat, are running for the at-large seat now held by Gaye Sprague, who is not seeking re-election. DeWorken emphasized his experience as North Main Street Community Association president and small business owner. He said he’d emphasize neighborhoods, growing the right way, being responsive to business owners and quality of life.
Stall, a Democrat who founded Greenville Forward, an organization he established to facilitate Vision 2025, said Greenville’s biggest issues are smart, intentional growth, affordable housing and transportation.
District 4 incumbent David Sudduth, a Republican, talked about results. He told residents during his tenure, the city has built a new Verdae Fire Station and police training facility, raised police salaries, and bought body cameras. He said he helped secure funding for a new connector road that will help alleviate congestion on Woodruff Road and trolley service for the area.
Wil Brasington, also a Republican, said he would emphasize constituent service and pro-activity. When he was neighborhood association president, proposals to build a Walmart at the corner of Church Street and University Ridge, and condominiums on the Cleveland Park Stables property, were successfully defeated.
Lillian Brock Flemming, a Democrat, has held the District 2 seat since 1981. She told residents one of her strengths is “going and listening” to neighborhoods. She said she became involved when a highway was going to split Southernside and 1,140 families would have been moved out of the neighborhood.
Filing ends March 30. Primaries will be held on June 13.