Cooper edges Ricks in Clerk’s race

Published 10:26 am Thursday, May 6, 2010

The primary election in Northampton County has brought change, but also has kept some familiar faces in their respective offices.

Tuesday evening, dozens of officials, candidates and supporters packed the auditorium at the Faison Administrative Office to watch each of the 18 election precincts in the county report their results.

Unofficial results showed a tight race for Clerk of Superior Court, two incumbents seeing landslide victories and two new faces for the Board of Education.

For Clerk of Superior Court, unofficial results placed Laquitta Cooper winning her bid for the Democratic ticket over Shelby Ricks by 211 votes. Cooper received 2,269 votes while Ricks’ tally came in at 2,058.

Both Northampton County Commission Chairwoman Fannie Greene (District 5) and Sheriff Wardie Vincent experienced landslide victories.

Greene secured her bid for re-election with 2,913 votes while newcomer Terrence Boone earned 814.

“Once again the citizens of Northampton County have spoken,” said Greene. “I will continue to give 110 percent. …I’m most appreciative of our citizens.”

Incumbent Vincent secured his Democratic bid for Sheriff with 3,367 votes over Greg Colson who received 804.

After his win Vincent said he was “excited, very happy and thrilled.”

“I’m thankful for the support of the citizens of Northampton County,” he said.

Vincent thanked the citizens for their prayers and votes as well as the poll workers for their long hours and his wife for putting up with all the long nights.

When asked about the support from a number of his deputies who showed up to watch the results come in, Vincent said, “That felt great knowing they supported me and were behind me.”

The Board of Education will see some new members as well as one familiar face return.

Rhonda Taylor received the most votes out of the seven candidates vying for the three seats up for grabs. Taylor earned 2,456 votes while former Assistant Superintendent Kelvin Edwards earned a seat with 2,182 votes.

Edwards, who was on hand for the results, said he was humbled by his win.

“I always had aspirations of jumping into politics,” said the 1984 Northampton County High School-East graduate on his decision to run for Board of Education.

The educator, who has 17 years of experience, said he is looking forward to his new role in Northampton County Schools.

“My goal is to work collectively together with the board members that are there and the new board members coming on,” he said.

Incumbent Donald Johnson secured his seat on the board with 2,083 votes.

Board of Education Chairwoman Grace Edwards lost her bid for re-election, receiving 1,679 votes.

Other Board of Education candidates who lost their bids include: Ola Gathers with 1,651 votes, Audrea Bennett with 525 and Tyrone Hargrove with 341.