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Challengers do well in municipal elections

Challengers in Whiteville and Chadbourn did well in local elections Tuesday.

Unofficial results show former Parks and Recreation Director Tim Collier won the District Two seat from incumbent Harold Troy, 100-75, with one write-in.

In the four way race for two seats in Whiteville District One, newcomer Justin Smith led the pack handily with 378, followed by incumbent Tim Blackmon with 206. Fellow incumbent Vickie Pait, who initially announced she would not run for re-election, earned 181, while Calvin Norton got 30 ballots. Write-ins totaled 12.

For the mayoral seat, incumbent Terry Mann gathered 505 votes to 94 write-ins, most of which were reportedly for former police officer Marc McGee, who ran an aggressive write-in campaign in recent weeks.

At Lake Waccamaw, incumbent Mayor Daniel Hilburn and East Ward commissioner Matthew Wilson were unopposed. Hilburn received 241 votes, with 40 write-ins also being cast. Wilson got 242 votes to 23 write-ins.

In the West Ward, two newcomers were vying for the seat held by Martha Lowe. Frank Carroll received 184 votes to Melisha “Moe” Russell’s 145.

Chadbourn saw an upset, with incumbent councilman Rashad Roberts coming up short in the three-way race for two seats. Incumbent David Worley received 262 votes, newcomer Danny Clewis Sr. 241, and Roberts 154.

For more on unopposed municipal races see Wednesday, and catch the full wrap-up in Thursday’s edition of the News Reporter.

Note: an earlier version of this story reported Moe Russell’s total as 45. It was 145.


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