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Teague is seeking re-election to city council
Friday, May 23, 2014
Gene Teague turned in his paperwork on Thursday to seek re-election to Martinsville City Council.
Teague, 51, of Hunting Ridge Road, is director of business planning for VF Sportswear. He is the third official candidate to file for two council seats — his as well as Kim Adkins’ seat — up for grabs in the Nov. 4 election.
The other two candidates are retired furniture worker Ural Harris, 67, of Stuart Street, and retired educator John McCraw, 71, of Meadowview Lane. Adkins, who currently is mayor, has said she will not run for the council again because she plans to run for the 20th District state Senate seat in 2015.
Assistant City Registrar Joyce Hazelwood confirmed Teague’s candidacy. He submitted a petition signed by 162 confirmed registered city voters, she said. He needed only 125 to be an official candidate.
Teague, a former mayor who currently is vice mayor, is in his
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17th year as a councilman.
In 1994, council members appointed him to fill the vacancy created when then-councilman Steve Draper resigned to make his first bid for city sheriff. Draper was elected then and still holds that constitutional office.
Teague served consecutively for 10 years, having been elected by voters to four-year terms in 1996 and 2000. Then in 2004, he chose not to run for re-election so he could devote more time to personal and job responsibilities.
However, Teague was appointed by council members in 2008 to replace former councilman Mark Anderson, who resigned to move out of town. Teague then was elected by voters again in 2010.
He decided to run now, he said, because having been on the council for so long, “I know what works well and what doesn’t” in doing city business.
Therefore, “I feel like I can make a difference,” he said.
If he is re-elected, Teague said he plans to continue focusing on helping the community create high-paying jobs as well as improving neighborhoods and schools.
He also wants to make sure city officials spend the public’s tax dollars “as wisely as we can,” he said.
Teague added that he plans to further discuss his candidacy during the city council meeting Tuesday night.
The deadline to file to run for council is 7 p.m. June 10, according to city Registrar Cindy Barbour.
To file a candidacy, a registered voter must stop by the registrar’s office at the municipal building to pick up a packet of required forms, or the forms may be obtained online at www.martinsville-va.gov/Registrar.html. Scroll down to “electoral information” and then “information on candidate qualifications and requirements,” then click on the link to the state elections board’s website.
Required forms include a declaration of candidacy, a statement showing the candidate’s qualifications for running for office and a petition that must be signed by at least 125 registered city voters.
Forms obtained online are free, but there is a $10 charge for packets picked up at the registrar’s office to cover paper and copying costs, Barbour said.
After the forms are filled out and the person gets signatures for his or her petition, the person must file the paperwork with the registrar’s office.