BRISTOL, Va. — Retired businessman Archie Hubbard said his attention to detail is why city voters should write his name in on the May 6 ballot.
Hubbard, 70, said Thursday he will seek a seat on the Bristol Virginia City Council but his name won’t appear on the ballot. Four council candidates – incumbents Don Ashley, Ed Harlow and Jim Steele and challenger Bill Hartley – will appear on the ballot. Three seats are up for grabs.
Earlier this year, Hubbard picked up a candidate packet but opted not to turn in a qualifying petition to put his name on the ballot. Over the past week, he said, he changed his mind about running.
“I was all set to let it ride until I tried to get some information about The Falls,” Hubbard said. “I think they’re [council members] all making a good effort but I don’t think there are enough people on the council watching the details. As I learned in my 47 years in accounting, if you don’t pay attention to the details, the big stuff disappears because you’re out of business.”
Hubbard worked 47 years as treasurer of the Goodpasture Motor Co., before retiring in 2012. He currently serves on the BVU Authority board of directors.
“I feel like we’ve got some good salesmen and they’re all interested in the revenue from getting business in here but they’re not paying enough attention to the detail of the money, once they get it,” Hubbard said.
General Registrar Penny Limburg said write-in candidates are treated differently.
“Pretty much the onus is on the candidate to get their name out there. It’s really up to them,” Limburg said. “It’s really important for them to make sure voters are aware of some form of their first and last name.”
The total number of write-in votes will be tallied but individual write-in candidate totals won’t be announced on Election Day, Limburg said. That will be up to the committee which canvasses the votes the following day.
Hubbard is a Bristol, Va., native, and a graduate of Virginia High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at King University.
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