Voters pick municipal leaders Tuesday
Oxford is choosing between a former state representative of nearly three decades, a current commissioner and the incumbent mayor.
Warrenton can choose the director of the county chamber of commerce or the incumbent mayor. There are also eight choices for three commissioner seats.
Welcome to Election Day 2013, where municipal elections are on tap in Vance, Granville and Warren counties. Only in Henderson within The Dispatch delivery area were elections held Oct. 8.
Elections are scheduled today in the Vance County communities of Kittrell and Middleburg, the Warren communities of Warrenton, Macon and Norlina, and five Granville communities including Stovall and Oxford in The Dispatch delivery area.
Oxford’s race two years ago drew a 26-percent turnout of voters. In that, Jackie Sergent moved to 2-for-2 in elections by defeating Al Woodlief, who had been mayor from 2001 to 2011 after serving 14 years as a commissioner. At the time, Sergent was in the second of a four-year term as commissioner.
She’s challenged this year by current commissioner Howard Herring Sr. and Jim Crawford Jr., a member of Oxford’s city council in the 1960s and a 28-year veteran of the N.C. House of Representatives. He’s also previously been a candidate for lieutenant governor.
In addition to picking a mayor, the city of just under 10,000 population will also select four commissioners from a field of seven. The incumbents are Ron Bullock, Danny Currin and C.J. Harris. Challenging are Quon Bridges, Eddie Dalton, Patricia Fields and Eddie McCoy.
In Stovall, incumbents are all without challengers on the ballot. Mayor Jane Parrott and commissioners Tim Davidson and Marshall Roberts are each seeking re-election.
The two Vance County towns will each select a mayor and three commissioners.
Middleburg has choices, with Dean Dickerson challenging incumbent Ray Bullock for mayor, and challenger Dusty Herring challenging incumbents Annie Fudge, Ruth Nance and Gary Plummer for commissioners’ seats.
The county board of elections extended the filing period in July when the commissioners’ race drew only two candidates between July 5 and 19. Herring and Plummer filed the following Monday on the first day of the extension.
In Kittrell, incumbent mayor Jerry Joyner is running unopposed. Voters also pick three commissioners, and Susan Pulley and Betsy Simpson are running for re-election while Jason Green is on the ballot for the first time.
In Warrenton, incumbent mayor Walter Gardner Jr. is challenged by Tim Ennis, the executive director of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce.
Three commissioners will be elected from a field of eight. They include incumbents Kimberly Harding and Mary Hunter, and challengers Tom Hardy, E.T. Malone Jr., Selena Mooring, Jana Miller, Robert Schuerch and Deborah Speer.
In Norlina, incumbent Dwight Pearce is challenged by Ricky Davis for mayor. The race for five commissioner seats includes incumbents Lou Stultz, Scooter Edwards, Bill Harris, Jimmy Overby and Sonny Peoples, along with challengers Hector Wayne Aycock and Dorsey Capps.
In Macon, Robert Evans is seeking re-election as mayor, and the race for five commissioner seats includes incumbents Wanda Thompson, David Harris, Benny Hilliard and Glenn Riggan, and challenger Joanne Reese.
Respective polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
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• Where to go: If you’re not sure where to vote today, visit the State Board of Elections website at ncsbe.gov and click the icon for “My Polling Place.” Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
• Sample ballot: To see your sample ballot visit the State Board of Elections website at ncsbe.gov, look to the right and click on “View your Sample Ballot.”
• Results: Visit hendersondispatch.com for the results as they become available, as well as the print editions on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday’s Dispatch print edition will have results available at press time, and Thursday’s edition will follow with selected precinct breakdowns.