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Loftin-Bell joins race for Winston-Salem City Council's East Ward

Local Government

By William Sassani | Dec 21, 2019

Vote 09

Kismet Loftin-Bell has submitted paperwork to run in the 2020 Democratic Primary for the East Ward of the Winston-Salem City Council.

The position is currently held by Democrat Annette Scippio, who has held the office since 2018. Scippio was appointed to represent the East Ward after Derwin Montgomery was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives.

According to Ballotpedia, before her appointment to the East Ward, Scippio worked as a research manager. She was also one of the founding directors of Southern Community Bank. She is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and holds a Master of Arts in liberal studies from Duke.

Kismet Loftin-Bell has filed to run in the Democratic Primary for the East Ward on the Winston-Salem City Council |

Loftin-Bell’s previous experience includes being a professor of political science in the Humanities and Communication program at Forsyth Technical Community College.

Scippio will also be defending her seat on the council against George Redd IV, who submitted his paperwork to run in the Democratic Primary on Dec. 13. Redd is Director of Program Services for Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County.

The South Ward will also be up for grabs in next year's Democratic Primary. Incumbent John Larson will face off against Mackenzie Cates-Allen. 

Democrat D.D. Adams is will be running for reelection in the North Ward while Kathy Manning and Bruce Davis will square off in the 6th Congressional District Democratic Primary. In the 10th Congressional District Democratic Primary, incumbent Patrick McHenry will face challenger Ralf Walters.

North Carolina's primary elections will be held on March 3, 2020.

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