Petrina Carter enters Danville Council race. If successful, she’d be the only female Councilmember.

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — A special election to fill a vacant Danville City Council seat has a new candidate.

Petrina Carter recently announced her candidacy. If elected, she would be the only woman on the City Council.

She tells WFXR News that while women’s perspectives are missing from the Council, she says her 25-year career working in education, career development, and community action makes her an ideal candidate to help Danville get through the COVID crisis.

“Women, going for political seats, we have to be even more qualified than the next person,” said Carter, “and so I just wanted to stress that yeah, in addition to being a woman, yes I am very well qualified for this position.”

Carter is running against fellow candidate Bryant Hood, as well as former Councilman Fred Shanks, who lost re-election in May.

The winner will fill the remainder of the term of a seat previously held by Adam Tomer, who resigned in May, citing a work conflict. In June, the Council appointed former Mayor Sam Kushner to fill the seat through the special election.

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