Suffolk voters decide on the next mayor

Incumbent faces three opponents
Posted at 6:29 PM, Nov 03, 2020

SUFFOLK, Va. – This election day, voters in Suffolk will decide on their next mayor.

Incumbent Linda Johnson was the city’s first female mayor. She’s been in the role since 2006. Now, she faces three opponents.

Brian Bass, a longtime resident of the city, is also a member of the Nansemond Indian Tribal Council.

Mike Duman is in his third term on the city council and runs a local car dealership.

Vanessa Harris is also on the ballot. She is a teacher and owner of a funeral home.

While at Booker T. Washington Recreation Center, News 3 spoke to voters who had mixed opinions on the mayoral race.

“It’s time for a change. Our present mayor has been in it a long time. She did good things for the northern part of Suffolk, but the southern part has been left out,” said Vernell Kahan. “So we want a change in the southern part of Suffolk.”

Suffolk resident, Clinton Turner, seems satisfied with the current mayor, Linda Johnson.

Clinton told News 3, “I’m from Suffolk, been here all my life. I see the big growth we are having with the person that’s there… so with the person that’s there, why change?”

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