Jones unseats Judge Kwasikpui

Published 1:54 am Wednesday, November 3, 2010

There will be a new face on the bench in Judicial District 6B.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s General Election saw Murfreesboro attorney Thomas L. “Tom” Jones Jr. unseat longtime incumbent Alfred W. “Al” Kwasikpui of Seaboard in the District Court Judge balloting.

Jones swept all three counties – Bertie, Hertford and Northampton – that comprise District 6B. He was named on a total of 11,570 ballots en route to capturing 60.2 percent of the vote.

Kwasikpui, the Chief District Court Judge, tallied 7,649 votes (39.8 percent).

Jones rode a big wave of voter approval in both Bertie and Hertford counties where he was the top choice in all 25 precincts (Hertford – 13 precincts; Bertie – 12 precincts). He won his home county of Hertford by more than a two-to-one margin (4,273 – 2,094) and swept Bertie by a 3,649-to-2,198 count. Jones also topped the One-Stop voting in Bertie (1,211 – 929) and Hertford (796 – 480).

The Northampton County balloting also favored Jones, but by a slimmer margin (3,648 – 3,357). He carried 14 of the county’s 18 precincts, but lost the One-Stop voting where Judge Kwasikpui held a 1,110-to-876 edge.

Voter turnout was high in all three counties – Northampton (51.5%), Bertie (46.5%) and Hertford (45.02%).

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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