NORFOLK -- Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim was reelected Tuesday night, beating challengers Jane Bethel and Michael Muhammad, unofficial results show.
Fraim has been mayor of Norfolk since 1994 – voters elected him to two four-year terms and 12 years before that he was appointed by the City Council.
Mayor Fraim reelected!! I'm not done! Working hard every day pic.twitter.com/ooZ8vEfjKZ— Mayor Paul D. Fraim (@NorfolkMayor) May 7, 2014
Statement from Michael J. Muhammad via Facebook:
To all my team and supporters, I want to thank you all from the depths of my heart! Regardless to today's outcome we are the winners. We challenged an unjust system which is a major victory. More importantly we have brought the issues facing the forgotten people of Norfolk to the forefront. I want us all to work hard today but also work cheerfully. Today is a faith walk because we know the final outcome is with Almighty God. If we stay focused on God and the people there is nothing for us but victory. So go to the polls and vote. Let us send a strong and resounding message that we will not be ignored! May God bless you all and let's keep up the fight for freedom, justice and equality.
CITY COUNCIL RACE
Ward 4 Councilman Paul Riddick defeated Billy Cook and in Ward 5 Tommy Smigeil defeated Jim Driggers.
It appears Mamie Johnson won Ward 3, defeating Rodney Jordan by less than 40 votes.
Incumbents in Wards 1 and 2 did not face any challengers.
One Norfolk precinct reported better than expected turnout for Tuesday's elections.
Poll workers from Ward 3 said Tuesday afternoon they expected to double their goal of 10 percent voter turnout.
Of the 1,800 registered voters at Ward 3, they had reached 10 percent by 1 p.m. By the afternoon rush, over 300 voters had cast their ballot.
Workers expected to hit 20 percent by the time the polls close.
"I think a lot of people wanted to see change. And the amount of voters we saw today shows that," voter Atoy Carrington told 13News Now.