HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Thousands headed to the polls in Hampton Roads Tuesday to cast ballots for numerous local elections, including mayoral races in three of the area’s cities.
In Norfolk, Paul Fraim clinched the mayoral race once again, and celebrated with friends and supporters at Guads.
“Well, I’ve been doing it a while and, it feels just as good now as it did the very first time,” Fraim told WAVY.com. “I’ve been elected to office 28 years. I’m still passionate about this city. I still love what I do as mayor, and I still think I can make a difference.”
Fraim said this term he will focus on working to improve the school system and helping the city’s less fortunate.
“The great recession we just went through was very tough on some of our communities,” he said. “These are our poorest neighbors and we’re going to try to do something to make their life better.”
Things were more somber at campaign headquarters for challenger Michael Muhammad. He and another candidate, Jane Bethel, ran against Fraim. Though Muhammad lost, he vows to keep working in the community.
“We will continue to work to see that former felons have an opportunity to have jobs in the workplace,” Muhammad said. “We’ll work to see that quality education is across the board in the city of Norfolk. We’ll work to see a decrease in the tension and violence in communities in Norfolk.”
In Hampton, there was a special mayoral election to fill the seat once held by former Mayor Molly Ward. Mayor George Wallace was appointed as the interim mayor in her absence and faced Frank Ottofaro, Jr. at the polls Tuesday night. Wallace won with more than 60 percent of the vote.
10 On Your Side talked with Wallace over the phone just as poll numbers were coming in. He said he wants to look for ways to add additional housing in the city and develop Hampton’s waterfront areas this term.
“We’re going to put definition on the development that is going to take place in the Downtown Hampton waterfront,” Wallace said. “We want to do what we can to enhance the opportunities that we have in the technology corridor and on Magruder Boulevard.”
Mayor McKinley Price in Newport News ran unopposed.