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MIDDLESEX — Write-in candidates garnered more votes than either name on the ballot for two open seats on the Middlesex Board of Commissioners.
According to unofficial election results reported Tuesday night, 161 votes were cast for write-ins, while incumbent Ann M. Lewis garnered 153 votes and incumbent Harold Meacombs drew 117 votes.
It was unclear Tuesday whether the majority of the write-in votes were cast for a single candidate. If a lone write-in candidate receives more than 117 votes, he or she could unseat Meacombs. The at-large town board seats go to the two top vote-getters.
Mayor Luther “LuHarvey” Lewis held off a challenge from opponent Levi Ray Evans, drawing 136 votes to Evans’ 117. Town gadfly Becky Strickland received seven votes and one write-in ballot was cast.
NEW BAILEY MAYOR
Thomas Richards, a city of Raleigh firefighter, earned a commanding 76.6 percent of the vote to win the mayoral race in Bailey.
Richards received 59 votes while Joel Killion, a former Wilson County Board of Elections member, earned 18 votes and Kimberly Winters garnered zero votes, according to unofficial election results.
The filing deadline for Bailey mayor was extended after no candidates initially sought the office.
Dwan Hope Finch (63 votes) and Shelley B. Carroll (44) votes will take the two seats up for grabs on the Bailey Board of Commissioners, besting Howard Wescott, who finished with 23 votes.