Walker defeats Williams in Ward 4 race
BY AMELIA HARPER
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
T.J. Walker Jr. now will occupy the Ward 4 seat, winning over Elaine B. Williams, who was seen as Lois Watkins’ chosen successor.
Walker will replace Watkins on the Rocky Mount City Council.
Walker won the Ward 4 seat with 54.27 percent of the vote, with 706 votes cast in his favor. Williams received 44.89 percent of the vote, with 584 votes cast in her favor. There were 11 write-in votes cast in the race, according to unofficial election results.
Walker, 27, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from N.C. Central University and is pursuing a master’s of divinity degree at Shaw Divinity School. He is a community engagement coordinator and a youth development coordinator for WeFit Inc. He and his wife, Breona, have three children, Tyzion, Talib and Talia.
With this dip into politics, Walker is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, the Rev. Thomas L. Walker, who formerly served as an Edgecombe County commissioner and is well known as a longtime local political activist. The Rev. Thomas L. Walker now is the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where newly elected Councilman Walker serves as assistant pastor.
Walker said he is eager to get to work on the Rocky Mount City Council.
“I am excited for Ward 4,” Walker said. “I thank God for this opportunity and the support I have received. I look forward to doing great things for Ward 4 and for the city of Rocky Mount.”
Walker said he already has some issues he wants to work on.
“I want to encourage youth development and strong community interaction,” Walker said. “I also want to improve economic opportunities and job training for the citizens of Ward 4 and the citizens of Rocky Mount. I also want to partner with law enforcement in order to build trust in the community and ensure the safety of the community.”