One of the four finalists for appointment to the vacant position of Mayor of Portsmouth is Vice Mayor Charles Whitehurst. I certainly hopes he receives the appointment. During the last two years (since his return to City Council), Whitehurst has served as one of Portsmouth's TDCHR Commissioners. Not only have I had the opportunity to observe him, but have spoken with him one-on-one prior to a few New Starts meetings.
First, he's a big picture visionary. When discussions get bogged down in details, he'll regularly push the focus back.
Second, he listens. With residents complaining about flooding problems, early this year he told me how he wanted to pull funds from partially-funded CIP projects to pay for solutions.
Third, he's not going to use the Mayor's Office as a springboard to higher office.