House, Senate veterans reelected

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 9, 2006

Two, Hertford County based state politicians easily won reelection to their respective offices, according to the unofficial numbers from Tuesday.

Veteran North Carolina State House of Representatives member Howard Hunter Jr. earned his 10th term as the Ahoskie Democrat defeated Republican challenger Kyle Jones of Perquimans County in the District 5 race.

Hunter won in three of the four counties that comprise the 5th District en route to a total of 8,103 votes. The veteran politician earned the majority vote in Bertie (2,568-1,083), Gates (1,476-941) and Hertford (2,906-1,059) counties.

Meanwhile, Jones n a 21-year-old Political Science major at East Carolina University n swept his home county of Perquimans, defeating Hunter by a 1,439-to-1,153 tally.

Jones, who finished with a district total of 4,522 votes in his first-ever campaign for an elected office, was the youngest person on the ballot in the entire state of North Carolina.

In the North Carolina District 4 Senate race, Democratic incumbent Robert Holloman, also of Ahoskie, captured nearly 70 percent of the vote en route to an easy win over Kenneth R. Chandler, a Republican from Weldon.

In earning his third term in the State Senate, Holloman collected a district-wide total of 18,919 votes. Chandler saw his name listed on 8,267 ballots.

Holloman swept each of the seven counties that make-up District 4. Those county-by-county unofficial totals are as follows:

Bertie (2,634-942).

Chowan (1,522-1,017).

Gates (1,592-760).

Halifax (5,543-2,095).

Hertford (2,787-1,095).

Northampton (3,537-1,223).

Perquimans (1,304-1,135).