Winton write-in prevents incumbents’ sweep

Published 9:11 am Thursday, November 10, 2011

WINTON – One veteran member of the Winton Town Commissioners was defeated during Tuesday’s municipal elections.

Emily Winstead received 44 of the 77 write-in votes cast in Winton, thus earning the Commission seat currently held by Charles B. Jones.

Jones, who received 40 votes, was one of the five Commission incumbents seeking reelection. The other four – William McCoy Pierce (62 votes), Ernest Green (60), Wesley Liverman (45) and Will Liverman (44) – will return to office, according to the unofficial results.

Of the remaining write-in votes in Winton, nine were cast for Cliff Sexton while 17 others received no more than two votes each.

Meanwhile, Tiffany M. Lewis will assume the Winton Mayor’s seat after veteran leader Calvin Hall chose not to seek reelection. Lewis received 50 of the 99 votes cast. Her closest competitor was Nancy Wall who was named on 42 of the 49 write-in ballots.

Over in Cofield, incumbent Mayor Hermea Pugh Sr. has earned another term by defeating challenger Norris Kirk Taylor, 66-34.

Six candidates were vying for the five seats on the Cofield Town Council. Unofficially, June S. Wynn led that balloting with 70 of the 382 total votes cast. The next four top vote-getters were, in order, Anthony Archer (66), Darrell T. Partlow (55), Stephen Lassiter (50) and Nettie (Teen) Combo Brickers (47).

Hermea Pugh Jr. collected 45 votes. There were 49 write-in votes, led by Barbara Overton with 20 votes.

In otherHertfordCountymunicipal races, Como Mayor Irvin Stephens (12 votes) was reelected, as were Como Council members Stephen Frank Pierce (13 votes), Susan W. Kennington (12), Ann E. Spruill (12) and Kevin Higbee (8).

Robert D. Dantz (14 votes) was reelected as the Mayor of Harrellsville. Harrellsville Town Council members Deborah A. Baker (13 votes),RoyWorrells Jr. (13), Jo M. Liles (12) and Mary L. Thompson (12) were also reelected. There were 12 write-in votes for the fifth and final spot on the Harrellsville Council.

The Hertford County Board of Elections has until Nov. 15 to canvass all polling places and certify the final outcome.

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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