NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News will continue under the same leadership come July 1.
McKinley Price beat out three other candidates for the job on Tuesday night to be Newport News’ mayor for the next four years.
With all precincts reporting, Price had nearly 5,000 more votes than his nearest challenger, Marcellus Harris III — winning handily with 55 percent of the votes.
Price says his goal for the city is to continue to bring new businesses and jobs to the area. He also hopes to avoid raising taxes.
“We’re just going to continue on the path that we’re on. The things that we’re doing with economic development and public safety. Trying to make sure that we have a reduction in any youth gang violence. Then making sure that our resources are spread equitably, so that we don’t have to raise taxes,” said Price.
This will be Price’s third and possibly final term as mayor.
“This is my plan for this to be the last time, absolutely,” Price said at his victory party Tuesday night. “I think 12 years is enough. You saw my grandson there, he is 3. I want to spend more time with him and my lovely wife and I think, we will have, after 12 years laid a foundation for this city to continue on a path that will be beneficial to everyone.”
The election also included races for three city council and four school board seats. All incumbents for City Council won re-election.
Current School Board Vice-Chair Carlton Ashby was defeated by Terri Best. Best, along with re-elected board member Doug Brown and Lisa Surles-Law, who was also elected for the first time Tuesday, were endorsed by the Newport News Education Association.
The Association formed on the heels of a battle for Newport News teachers to get a 4 percent raise. Many members of both the school board and the city council have come under fire for their handling of the situation.
Price says this term, he plans to work with the school board to make sure it’s on the same page with council members when it comes to teachers pay.
“We’re determined to sit down and create a path where what happened this year won’t happen again. Transparency in our budget making needs to be with both bodies. So, they can see what resources are available and match that with that needs and wants that they have. So that we don’t have this disparity.”