Incumbents return to Bertie school board

Published 10:57 pm Tuesday, November 2, 2010

WINDSOR – Three incumbents will return to their seats on the Bertie County Board of Education.

The incumbents – Rickey Freeman, Alton Parker and Emma Johnson took three different routes to retain their spots on the board.

Freeman overcame the challenge of Formeka Capehart Wallace (3,191 to 2,070) while Parker easily fended off a late write-in campaign by James Bell. Johnson captured 3,390 votes in a campaign where she was not opposed.

In securing another term on the school board representing District 2, Freeman won in nine of 12 precincts and also had the highest votes in the One-Stop Voting sites in both Windsor and Powellsville.

Freeman was named on 957 ballots in the One-Stop Voting in Windsor compared to 642 for Wallace. He won the One-Stop Voting in Powellsville with 261 votes compared to 124.

Mitchell’s I and Mitchell’s II were places Freeman did well. He won Mitchell’s I with a vote of 166 to 48 and Mitchell’s II 193-79.

Freeman also secured the most votes in Colerain I (152-49), Colerain II (147-130), Merry Hill (123-84), Roxobel (204-125), Snakebite (113-58), Windsor II (184-50) and White’s (166-104).

Wallace captured the Indian Woods precinct (64-45), Windsor I (358-299) and Woodville (145-132).

Parker’s strongest support in his reelection to a second term representing District 4 came before Tuesday’s voting.

Parker was named on 872 ballots during the One-Stop Voting in Windsor compared to just 247 write-in votes. He also received 244 votes in Powellsville’s One-Stop site to 34 write-ins.

The One-Stop voting gave Parker 835 more than the combined write-in choices heading into Tuesday’s election.

On Election Day, Parker went on to capture seven of 12 precincts. He captured Colerain I (135-10), Colerain II (174-57), Mitchell’s I (156-22), Mitchell’s II (163-45), Merry Hill (124-22), Windsor II (154-16) and White’s (150-31).

Parker did not win in five precincts. Write-in candidates received more votes in Indian Woods (59-33), Roxobel (202-146), Snakebite (80-54), Windsor I (284-253) and Woodville (153-76).

While Bell was the only declared write-in candidate, there is no way to know who received all of the write-in votes until the election is certified.

Johnson earned her second full term on the board by being named on nearly 3,400 ballots. There were 124 write-in votes.