The Daily Reflector

“Ward, 26, a social studies teacher, also appreciates that the city must stretch a dollar. But he said the impact that building has on flooding routinely experienced in the city is among several examples of why the council must carefully consider development projects that come before it.

He added that council must be concerned about the impact so many four-bedroom, four-bathroom student housing complexes have on other properties in the city and the difficulty involved in converting them to more traditional housing when they no longer draw students.

While he agrees with Bell that roads and trails must be maintained, he is adamant that the city give equal weight to expanding the greenway system and completing the city’s streets with sidewalks and bike paths. He has the added vision that with careful planning there will be revenue enough as the city grows to address maintenance and expansion, and that the latter will in turn promote further growth.

We feel that Ward’s willingness to scrutinize development, his embrace and celebration of transformational projects like an interconnected greenway and his understanding that constituents will demand a measured approach make him the better candidate for District 3.”


Marion Blackburn, former District 3 City Councilwoman:

Uriah Ward has principles, values, and integrity. We can believe what he says. He has the vision we need, right now, to keep Greenville moving forward – and to make sure Greenville grows strong as a lighthouse for the east. He genuinely cares about this city – and is already working for it.

Uriah leads – that’s what he does every day. He can – and will – easily step onto the City Council. He has the energy, the experience, and the record. He knows the issues, and he understands governance. He is compassionate, he is responsive, and he is engaged.

More than that, however, Uriah has a natural interest in building the community, strengthening partnerships, and developing consensus. He brings people together. I can think of no better qualification for the job of serving on City Council.

Uriah is the new leadership we need right now. Engaged and compassionate, he is a fighter for us – for the values we share. For economic growth that serves the entire community, and not just a few; for roads and infrastructure we need; for the parks and greenways that make our community strong – and desirable for new business.

Jennifer McKinnon, Professor at ECU:

I am writing to support candidate Uriah Ward for District 3. Uriah is the only candidate with relevant experience in the race. He is vested in Greenville because he grew up here, went to ECU, teaches our children, and has been involved extensively in local policy since his first appointment to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission in 2010.

Uriah knows how local government works and listens to all concerns from business to students, families and retirees. I think this is what impresses me the most about him. He has spoken to the Democratic Women, he has gone on the radio and talked about the importance of supporting local business and the development of a Small Business Commission, he has a four-step plan for improving traffic in the city which directly benefits our student population, and he cares for our youth by supporting initiatives such as the Extreme Sports Complex.

In addition to listening to all of his constituents, I appreciate that Uriah takes a “research-based” approach to problems. His four-step plan to improving traffic is proof. When listening to him talk about this issue it is clear that he has sat down, thought about and prioritized the issues, researched how other cities have found solutions, and outlined a plan of action. His approach to problems is progressive, forward thinking, deliberate, and supported by evidence, an approach I see lacking in government these days.

Finally, Uriah is a teacher, which I feel is a profession that pulls in and also produces people who can empathize, prioritize, are resourceful, able plan and execute, willing to continue to learn, are resourceful and above all persevere. Uriah has the personal and professional qualities I see as a leader that will take this community into a brighter, reflective yet progressive future.

Amanda Klein, Professor at ECU:

This fall the residents of Greenville’s District 3 have the opportunity to vote for new members of their City Council. While so much of our political energy is now focused on national criss like Hurricane Harvey and North Korea, it can be easy to forget the impact that local policies have on our day to day lives. That’s why I am writing this letter to endorse Uriah Ward’s candidacy for Greenville City Council District 3.

Uriah Ward was born and raised in Greenville, graduated from East Carolina University, and now teaches social studies at Chocowinity Middle School. Uriah has spent his life in this city and is well-versed and dedicated to the issues and needs of this city. Uriah has been a vocal advocate for economic opportunity, community inclusivity, municipal autonomy, smart growth and quality of life in Greenville.

When a few developers were lobbying to build a pirate ship in the middle of Town Common, a move that would take a public-owned space and turn it into a private enterprise, Uriah led the local fight against this project. Being a lifelong resident of this city, Uriah understands that this green space belongs to the people of Greenville, not to private developers. Not surprisingly, the same developers who lost on that issue are now challenging Uriah’s bid for a seat on the City Council.

Let’s keep our public spaces public: vote Uriah Ward for Greenville City Council District 3.

Andrew Morehead, Professor at ECU:

He believes in representing everyone in his district, including residents of all ages, races, orientations and belief systems. We need someone like Uriah to speak for safe neighborhoods and clean neighborhoods.

Ann Maxwell, Member of the Environmental Advisory Commission:

I think a person like this is what we need on our city council. Someone who will really research the issues and be committed to serving all of us. Uriah is our candidate and I think he’s going to win!

Lauren A. Smith: 

So excited to hear Uriah Ward is continuing to challenge our present and move forward to changing our future for the better. I 110% support Uriah and know he has our children, our own, and our environment’s best interests not only in heart, but in action as well.

Zachary Pate, 2nd Vice Chair of the Pitt Count Democratic Party:

I have known Uriah for several years. Through being fellow delegates to 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, active members of New Greenville, and other community based interactions, Uriah has proven to me to be a tempered, intelligent, and competent leader. As a student in Urban Planning at East Carolina University, I trust that Uriah will not only make the best choices for Greenville’s vast student population, but also focus on the needs of a rapidly growing City.

With Uriah’s leadership, the expansion of sidewalks, bike lanes, greenways, and public transportation are all real possibilities! Investment in infrastructure, affordable housing, and open space are also issues I know Uriah will champion!

Milly Ward, Uriah’s Wife: 

My name is Milly Smith and Uriah is my husband, so I know him pretty well. One thing that I’ve always noticed about Uriah is how much he loves Greenville – though I like to think he loves me more. His passion for improving this community is never ending. He’s been talking to me about how we can improve Greenville since I’ve known him. I know that he will be a dedicated and dynamic councilman if he is given the opportunity to serve. Uriah is a man of integrity and commitment and the city council would be fortunate to have him. I hope you’ll cast your ballot for Uriah Ward on November 7th.

Zack Martinez, Vice-Chair of the Progressive Caucus of Pitt County:

In an Aug. 15, 2017, letter to the editor, Warner Hayes belittled Uriah Ward as a “political hobbyist.” I find it strange that Hayes wouldn’t want a councilman with political and community experience.

Ward has been a staple in the community for years. He served as on the Greenville Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission. He founded New Greenville, which led the local efforts against the anti-business HB2. He has always been a strong voice on the issues that matter to Greenville.

On top of that, he’s a public middle school teacher. He coaches the chess team and is the chairman of the social studies department at his school.

Ward was born and raised in Greenville, and he knows this community. He is a public servant through and through, and I hope my neighbors will join me in voting for him this year.

Glenesha Berryman, Student at ECU:

Uriah represents the best of the teaching profession, inspiring us to create meaningful change both inside and outside of the classroom. I am happy to stand behind a candidate who understands that student success is impossible without a strong, supportive, and equitable community.

Sabrin Wshah, Student at ECU:

Uriah Ward is wonderful leader! Uriah has shown our Greenville community his leadership skills by creating a non-profit organization, “New Greenville”, to work on issues that affect our community! He motivates our community and works to make our Greenville community better! He will be an essential and important asset to the Greenville City Council!

Heather Irvin:

Uriah is a uniquely qualified candidate for City Council. Between his educational background, political experience, and passion for improving the lives of Greenville citizens, I will be more than thrilled to cast my vote for Uriah Ward!


LaunchProgress PAC:

“We’re thrilled to support Uriah Ward for Greenville City Council, District 3,” said Arielle Swernoff, LaunchProgress Executive Director. “Uriah will be a voice for progress on the city council. He has been a consistent advocate for all of Greenville’s residents, and we’re confident that Uriah will work hard every day to move his city forward.”

Run for Something:

Run for Something, the group formed in the aftermath of the 2016 election to encourage young progressives to get into politics, is rolling out its first 65 endorsements on Friday in a range of races for local offices all over the country. Read more:

College Democrats of North Carolina:

“Uriah is a former campus President and past statewide Communications Director for CDNC. Uriah loves his hometown of Greenville and he is eagerly prepared to give back to his community. As a recent graduate and as a hometown candidate, Uriah is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between long-time residents and the student population. He has experience beyond his years and he is displaying the energy of a young and dedicated councilman.”

Equality NC

Equality NC and Equality NC Action Fund is proud to announce state endorsements for the 2017 elections. We evaluated candidates using multiple factors, including responses to a LGBTQ-issue-based questionnaire, candidate interviews, public position statements, and past voting records.

North Carolina Sierra Club

The Progressive Caucus of Pitt County

Democratic Women of Pitt County

Common Ground Greenville

New Greenville

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