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Bertie challengers fall short

WINDSOR – On the ballot, neither Jasper Bazemore nor Wallace Perry faced a named challenger.

However, both incumbent Bertie County Commissioners were forced to sweat out a few anxious moments on Tuesday night as they awaited the unofficial results of their respective reelection bids.

In the end, Bazemore and Perry were successful in their quests to continue to serve the citizens of Bertie County.

The unofficial results from the Bertie County Board of Elections office revealed Bazemore tallying 2,267 votes, which defeated the 1,109 ballots cast for write-in candidate John Richardson in the race for the District 5 Commissioner’s seat.

For Bazemore, the win earns him a fourth term on the board.

Meanwhile, Perry was able to win a second term as he defeated write-in challenger Jean Canada in a race for the District 3 Commissioner’s seat. Perry was named on nearly 70 percent (2,602) of the ballots cast for the seat while Canada garnered 1,070 votes.

Bazemore won nine of the county’s 12 precincts, holding a decisive edge in the Colerain I, Merry Hill, Mitchell’s I, Roxobel, Whites, Windsor I and Windsor II polling places.

Richardson was the top vote-getter in the Colerain II, Indian Woods and Snakebite precincts.

Perry was the majority choice in 10 precincts. He overwhelmed his opponent in Colerain I, Merry Hill, Mitchell’s I, Mitchell’s II, Roxobel, Whites, Windsor I and Windsor II.

The Indian Woods and Snakebite precincts favored Canada.

Tuesday’s voter turnout in Bertie County stood at a shade over 30 percent. The majority of the local decisions on the ballot were non-existent as most of the candidates ran unopposed. Those facing no challengers included:

District 2 Commissioner Rick Harrell (3,174 votes).

Sheriff Greg Atkins (3,415).

Clerk of Court John Tyler (3,415).

District 6B Attorney Valerie Mitchell Asbell (3,181).

District 6B Court Judge Alfred Kwasikpui (2,326).

District 6B Court Judge W. Rob Lewis (2,502).

U.S. 1st District Congressman G.K. Butterfield (2,900).

In the balloting for the Bertie County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors, Vernon Cobb (1,961 votes) and John W. Stallings (1,587) each earned a seat on that board.