Sergent defeats Crawford, Herring in Oxford mayor's race

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 10:12 PM

Two years ago, the people of Oxford wanted change in the mayor’s chair. Tuesday, their ballots indicated they needed no change.

Jackie Sergent won re-election in a three-way race, defeating former state Rep. Jim Crawford Jr. and current town commissioner Howard Herring Jr.

The unofficial count on Tuesday night gave Sergent 908 votes (48.95 percent of the total) to Crawford’s 595 votes (32.08 percent) and Herring’s 349 votes (18.81 percent). There were three write-in votes.

Four commissioners’ seats were on the ballot. In his race to retain a seat, incumbent Ron Bullock failed to win re-election. The other two incumbents, C.J. Harris and Danny Currin were re-elected. Winners for the remaining two seats were Quon Bridges, who will be returning to the board after serving as a district court judge, and newcomer Patricia Fields.

The vote totals for the candidates were Bridges 1,362, Harris 1,027, Currin 922 and Fields 882.

Bullock was next with 814, Eddie McCoy had 809 and Eddie Dalton 347. There were 21 write-in votes.

Reached by telephone two hours after the polls closed and results were in, Sergent said, “I feel honored and delighted. A lot of people worked hard. It’s never one person.”

Commenting on the commissioners’ races, she said, “I’m sorry to lose Ron Bullock. He’s a hard worker and has been a productive member of the board.

“Pat Fields and Quon Bridges will be great assets,” she said. “I look forward to working with them.”

Crawford, with 28 years in the North Carolina General Assembly, had returned to elective politics after losing his seat in Raleigh in 2012.

He reacted to the outcome of the election, saying, “It is what it is. Jackie has done a good job. She’ll be a good mayor.”

As for his plans, he said, “I go to work everyday. I have a meeting tomorrow with DOT. I’m plenty busy trying to help our community move forward.”

Herring said, “I’ve called the mayor to congratulate her and offer my wholehearted support. I have it in my heart to continue to serve the citizens of Oxford as a commissioner.”

His position was not on the ballot this year.

“I have two more years on the board,” he said. “That will give me 20 years, after which it’s time for me to go home.”

In Stovall, Mayor Jane Parrott and incumbent commissioners Marshall Roberts and Tim Davidson all ran unopposed. Parrott received 83 votes, 100 percent of those cast for mayor. Davidson received 53 votes. Roberts received 50 votes. There were two write-in votes.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.