Windsor Council to have two newcomers

Published 8:11 am Wednesday, March 10, 2010

WINDSOR—Two new candidates have filed for election to the Windsor Town Council, while a current council member whose term expires this year will run unopposed for mayor.

Windsor, one of two incorporated towns in Isle of Wight County, has a staggered system of electing members for the six seats on council and the position of mayor. This year, three council seats and that of the mayor are up for election.

Councilwoman Carita Richardson, whose term on council ends this year, is seeking the mayor’s seat. Mayor Marvin Crocker is not running for re-election.

Richardson will be the town’s first female mayor.

A former teacher, Richardson said she has several goals when she becomes mayor.

“I want to lead a council whose priority is listening to the citizens and their input and being more responsible to their concerns,” she said. “I also want to continue strict observance of the town’s expenditures and to be good stewards of the town’s tax dollars.”

Richardson said she thinks the town should have more planning for future government, by being more pro-active than reactive to what happens, including, if needed, changes in the subdivision and zoning policies.

She also wants a better working relationship with the county.

Vying for the three council seats will be incumbent Wesley Garris and newcomers N. Macon Edwards III and Patty Flemming.

Edwards, a lifelong resident of Windsor, said he’s always been interested in the town government.

“A number of people urged me to run,” he said, “and I thought now was the right time, since I’m semi-retired and have the time to devote to the town.

Edwards said the town is growing and he likes that. But, being conservative, he just doesn’t want it to grow too fast.

“I believe I can help,” he said.

Flemming, a GED teacher, thinks the town needs council members who are responsible for the needs of the town.

“I’m running because I’m interested in the town government and I believe I can help,” she said.

Councilman William “Buck” Jones will not seek re-election.