On the Ballot: Suffolk Mayor

Four candidates are challenging incumbent Suffolk Mayor Linda Johnson in the November 8 race. Johnson has served as the city’s mayor since 2006. The following candidates hope to unseat her: Brian Bass, Kerry Holmes, Charles Scott Sr. and Geral “Bishop” Staten. Here is some information about them:

Brian Bass (I)

(Information courtesy of http://brianbassformayor.com/)

brian-1-of-1-4For the past 40 years I have had the privilege of living in this great city that represents my heritage, going back to the Nansemond Indians. I love my hometown and I will do my best to make it a better more vibrant city for everyone. This is our city and it is past time to make our government transparent by putting officials in office that listen to the people, hear their concerns, and do something about them. I believe the government is for the people and by the people. Now, with a new City Council on board it is time to elect a new Mayor!

Campaign finance reports show Bass raised nearly $5,000 for his campaign.

Kerry Holmes (I)

(Information courtesy of https://holmesformayor.com/kerry-b-holmes/)

kerry-holmesI have more than 20 years of professional experience in budget planning and funding expertise; more than half of them in a leadership role while serving in the U.S. Navy. In 2000, I led the daily military strategies of execution to support the rescue and successful return of the USS COLE.

As a Magna Cum Laude honor graduate of Old Dominion University, I hold a Master’s degree in Public Administration. At ODU, I studied the nuances of city government and want to apply that knowledge to understanding how we, as Suffolk citizens, weigh the impact and quality of policies in our community.

As a citizen of Suffolk for the past 10 years, I have observed the challenges in our growing community. Those challenges have given me the opportunity to serve. Our community is starved for elected officials who will listen to its citizens, plan accordingly, and follow through. I am in a unique position—one of experience and understanding—to stop the political starvation of our community. I have been and will remain open to listen and serve the citizens of Suffolk.

Campaign finance reports show Holmes raised more than $10,000 for his campaign.

Linda Johnson (I)

(Information courtesy of http://www.suffolkva.us/council/mayor/)

mayorjohnsonMayor Linda T. Johnson was elected to Suffolk City Council in 2000. She represented the Sleepy Hole Borough for two terms and became Suffolk’s first female Mayor on July 5, 2006. Mayor Johnson made history once again when she became Suffolk’s first directly elected Mayor on January 5, 2009. She was re-elected for a second term as Mayor in 2012.

Mayor Johnson began her career in real estate in 1986. She is currently with Berkshire Hathaway Towne Realty and has been a member of the Board of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors since 1986. Mayor Johnson serves on the City Council’s Finance Committee, the City Council’s Education Committee, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and is a past member of the Virginia Workforce Council. She is also the Chair of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization. She was appointed to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Transition Council on Local Government.

Mayor Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism from Westhampton College at the University of Richmond, with a minor in Sociology. In addition to all of her professional endeavors, Mayor Johnson is active in several community service organizations.

Campaign finance reports show Johnson raised nearly $55,000 for her campaign.

Charles Scott (I)

Charles Lee Scott Sr. is listed on the November 8 ballot as a candidate in the Suffolk Mayoral Race.

According to Scott’s official campaign finance report, it lists Scott as having $45 cash on hand. 10 On Your Side has reached out to Scott to find out more about him.

To run for local office in Virginia, candidates must meet the following requirements:
1. Qualified to vote for and hold the office sought
2. A resident of the Commonwealth for one year immediately preceding the election
3. A resident, by the time of filing, of the city or town in which he offers for election [or has
an application for registration, transfer, or change of address on file in the general
registrar’s office]
4. If he is seeking a district seat, a resident of the election district to be represented [or has
an application for registration, transfer, or change of address on file in the general
registrar’s office]


Geral “Bishop” Staten (I)

Photo courtesy: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bishop.staten

The Facebook page “Ballotologist Mayor Bishop Staten” and _sonofabishop Instagram account state Staten is the “youngest person to ever run for Suffolk mayor, at age 30.” According to the page, Staten attended Nansemond River High School. According to VPAP.org Staten raised more than $3,100 for his campaign.

Click here to view each candidate’s Campaign Finance Report