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Challenger for Ward 3 School Board; no candidate for Ward 4 City Council

For the first time in at least 10 years, a Fredericksburg School Board member faces a reelection challenge. And in the Ward 4 City Council race, it looks like the best write-in candidate may win, as nobody has filed for candidacy for that seat as of tonight’s 7 p.m. deadline.

Jannan Holmes, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in the city, filed today for the Ward 3 School Board seat. She will challenge incumbent Janice Walsh. Holmes spoke to School Board members last night about her concern about their decision to add 20 minutes to every school day to make up for time lost to snow.

That is the only contested race out of all eight seats up for election May 4 on the City Council and School Board.

As for that Ward 4 seat, I have not found anything yet in the city code about what happens when nobody runs for a seat. However, this sort of reminds me of one year when I was a student at the University of North Carolina, and football and basketball player Julius Peppers won just about every student congress seat as a write-in. He had to officially decline the offices.

Here is the rest of the slate:


Ward 1 – Pat Green (incumbent)

Ward 2 – Barbara Miller-Richards (incumbent)

Ward 3 – Jannan Holmes, Janice Walsh (incumbent)

Ward 4 – Malvina Rollins Kay


Ward 1 – Brad Ellis (incumbent)

Ward 2 – George Solley (incumbent)

Ward 3 – Fred Howe III

Ward 4 – NOBODY

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  • Rodger Provo

    The city is facing complicated problems during a time of
    difficult economic changes in our country. I think these
    factors have caused the lack of interest by our residents in seeking office now.