Upset in Ahoskie

Published 9:40 pm Tuesday, November 3, 2009

AHOSKIE – One veteran Ahoskie Town Councilman lost his bid for reelection during Tuesday’s municipal election.

Former Hertford County Sheriff Winfred Hardy Jr. upset incumbent Ronald Gatling in the town’s Ward B race.

According to the unofficial numbers from the Hertford County Board of Elections, Hardy tallied 148 votes to Gatling’s 105. There were four write-in votes.

The two other incumbent Ahoskie Council members up for reelection in this voting cycle will return to their respective seats.

In Ward A, Councilman Malcolm Copeland defeated political newcomer Jimmie Rowe, 139-89. There were two write-in votes.

Veteran Council member O.S. “Buck” Suiter Jr. was unopposed for the At-Large seat on the board. He received 318 votes on Tuesday. There were 29 write-in votes.

Incumbent Mayor Linda Blackburn will return to office as she gained 352 votes. She did have late opposition as Donald Kirkland announced his write-in campaign early last month. There were 82 write-in votes for mayor, but it is not known how many of those Kirkland received.