Registered voters in the towns of Pulaski and Dublin will head to the polls Tuesday to select their town council representatives for the next two to four years.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
In Pulaski, the polling site is the Central Gym at 143 Third St., NW. Dublin residents will vote at the Dublin Lions Club building at 100 Lions Club Drive.
According to Pulaski County Registrar Kathryn Webb, 5,187 residents of the Town of Pulaski are registered to vote Tuesday, while Dublin has 1,148 registered voters.
Voter turnout in Pulaski’s last election in May 2008 was 19 percent. The ballot was full that year, as three candidates were running for mayor and five were seeking to fill three seats on town council. This time, Mayor Jeff Worrell is running unopposed and three incumbents and one challenger are running for three positions on town council.
The town council election is similar in Dublin where three incumbents and one challenger also are seeking to fill three seats. Dublin mayor’s seat is not on the ballot this year.
The candidates for Pulaski Town Council include challenger Joseph Goodman and incumbents Dave Clark, Larry Clevinger II and H.M. Kidd.
Goodman, who grew up in Connecticut in a small town with a similar history to Pulaski, said he will offer a view of the town from an outside perspective. At the age of 29, he says he wants to concentrate on the town’s future and stop focusing on making it the way it used to be. He is an employee of Virginia Tech’s computer engineering department.
Clark, an auto claims adjuster for Geico who serves as vice mayor, is seeking his second term on town council. Living only blocks from where he grew up, Clark said he wants to continue fighting blight and taking steps to make the town an “enticing” place to live and do business.
Clevinger also is seeking a second term on council. Being an antique dealer and history buff, one of his main goals is to see the museum completed and furnished with local memorabilia. He, too, is a native of Pulaski.
Kidd, an emergency medical services employee with REMSI (Regional Emergency Medical Services Inc.), was appointed in 2008 to fill the two-year term left vacant when Worrell became mayor. He says he has learned a lot about local government over the past two years and wants an opportunity to continue working with council to bring jobs to the community. He is a Pulaski native.
The candidates for Dublin Town Council include challenger Garland Bruce and incumbents Dallas Cox, Steve Crigger and Peggy Hemmings.
Bruce, a member of Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years, is seeking his first term on town council. He earned a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from Bluefield College in 1999. He wants to see Dublin grow and believes it has the "potential to be a growth area."
Cox, a retired full colonel in the military, is seeking his fourth term on town council after being appointed to Benny Skeen’s vacant seat in 1999. A native of Dublin, one of Cox’s main goals for this upcoming term is to see the veteran’s cemetery finalized.
Crigger, a member of Dublin Fire Department, is seeking his second four-year term. Crigger is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health from Columbia Southern University. He joined the council because he wanted to "have a say-so in what goes on in the community." He wants to see continued growth in the town.
Hemmings, a teacher in Pulaski for over 20 years who serves as vice mayor, is seeking her fifth term and has been on the council since 1994. One of her biggest drives for her next term is the addition of sidewalks to the town, which she believes will "pull the town together."