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Municipal elections feature new mayor, mixed beverages approval and write-ins

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By Sonny Jones

Bladenboro will have a new mayor, the sale of mixed beverages will be allowed in White Lake and write-ins received more votes than candidates in two commissioners’ races, although it was unclear if a single write-in had more votes than the incumbent, based on unofficial returns from Tuesday’s municipal elections.

Only 25.25% of 5,592 registered voters in Bladen County’s seven municipalities cast ballots either on Tuesday or, in races in Elizabethtown and White Lake, during the final two weeks of October in early voting.

The Bladen County Board of Elections is scheduled to conduct its vote canvass Tuesday at 11 a.m. at its office at 301 South Cypress Street in Elizabethtown.

David Hales easily won the Bladenboro mayoral race with 184 votes to finish ahead of Joey Todd (75 votes) and Sue Elkins Hester (51 votes). Hales will replace two-term mayor Rufus Duckworth, who chose not to seek re-election.

Two of the three Bladenboro commissioner’s seeking re-election won — Jeff Atkinson (243 votes) and Gregory Sykes (216 votes) — while former Town Administrator Blake Proctor (159 votes) will join the board after receiving more votes than incumbent Lisa Levy (107 votes).

White Lake voters, by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, approved the sale of mixed beverages in the town. The final unofficial tally was 132 votes for and 68 against. Commissioners Mike Suggs, Paul Evans and Tim Blount each will serve another four-year term after running unopposed.

In Dublin, Commissioner Jeffrey Smith received 11 votes while write-ins had 21 votes. The Board of Elections will need to determine if one of the write-ins received more votes than Smith. Alex Hursey, the lone declared mayoral candidate, received 20 votes. He would replace outgoing mayor Darryl Dowless, who chose not to run for re-election.

It was the same situation in Tar Heel where Mayor Sam Allen was re-elected while Commissioner Steve Dowless received 17 votes compared to 23 for write-ins.

Elizabethtown incumbent commissioners Paula Greene, Rufus Lloyd and Herman Lewis each easily won re-election and Rich Glenn received 558 votes to fill the unexpired term of his late father, Dickie Glenn. Rich Glenn had been appointed to the seat.

Clarkton commissioners Stephen Wayne Hester and Jerome Myers each received 25 votes and will return to the board for another four-year term. Pamela Graham also will return to the East Arcadia board after running unopposed and receiving 44 votes.

Updated: Final-Unofficial, 8:45 p.m
BLADENBORO
2 of 2 precincts
COMMISSIONER
(3 seats)
VOTES MAYOR VOTES
Jeff Atkinson 243 David Hales 184
Gregory Sykes 216 Joey Todd 75
Blake Proctor 159 Sue Elkins Hester 51
Lisa Levy 107 Write-In 0
Write-In 11
ELIZABETHTOWN
2 of 2 precincts
COMMISSIONER
(3 seats)
VOTES COMMISSIONER
Unexpired term
VOTES
Paula Greene 525 Rich Glenn 558
Rufus Lloyd 520 Write-In 9
Herman Lewis 512
Ilka Huntley McElveen 237
Harfel Davis 178
William Moore 174
Write-In 9
DUBLIN
MAYOR
1 of 1 precinct
VOTES CLARKTON
COMMISSIONER
1 of 1 precinct
2 seats
VOTES
Alex Hursey 20 Stephen Wayne Hester 25
Write-In 11 Jerome Myers 25
COMMISSIONER VOTES Write-In 1
Write-In 21
Jeffrey Smith 11
TAR HEEL
MAYOR
1 of 1 precinct
VOTES EAST ARCADIA
COMMISSIONER
1 of 1 precinct
VOTES
Sam Allen 16 Pamela Graham 44
Write-In 1 Write-In 14
COMMISSIONER VOTES
Write-In 23
Steve Dowless 17
WHITE LAKE
1 of 1 precinct
COMMISSIONER
(3 seats)
VOTES MIXED BEVERAGE VOTES
Mike Suggs 170 For 132
Paul Evans 160 Against 68
Tim Blount 155
Write-In 5