Wray, Mobley earn party’s nominations

Published 3:23 pm Thursday, May 10, 2012

Both local members of the North Carolina House of Representatives won their party’s nomination to continue in their role Tuesday.

According to unofficial results, Rep. Michael H. Wray easily defeated former Scotland Neck Mayor James Mills in his bid for the Democratic nomination in the redrawn House District 27.

Rep. Annie W. Mobley beat back the challenge of a former mayor as she topped Linda Blackburn for the Democratic nomination for House District 5.

Wray swept both counties – Northampton and Halifax – in the newly redrawn District 27. He has represented Northampton County since his original election, but currently serves Vance and Warren counties. That new district will take effect in January of 2013.

Wray easily swept his home of Northampton County, garnering 3,098 votes compared to 1,367 for Mills. In Halifax County, Wray took 5,900 votes compared to 4,200 for Mills.

The breakdown also showed that Wray won both the Election Day balloting and the One-Stop before hand. Wray took 7,780 votes on Tuesday while Mills had only 4,774. Wray captured 1,159 in One-Stop voting while Mills had 729.

“I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the May 8th Primary Election,” Wray said. “I want to express my sincere gratitude to the citizens of Northampton and Halifax counties for giving me the opportunity to continue our message through the General Election in November.

“Our campaign was made up of dedicated volunteers that helped us inform the voters of my legislative record, as well as our vision for the future,” he added. “I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of District 27 through the General Election and hopefully beyond.”

Wray said he wanted to continue working to make North Carolina better.

“During my tenure in the NC General Assembly, I have always listened to the citizens,” he said. “I want to know about their needs, their concerns and their hope for their families and children. By working together we can ensure that all citizens and families are afforded opportunities for good jobs, quality education and a higher standard of living.”

Mobley also faced a redrawn district in her bid for reelection. While maintaining her traditional ties to Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties, she incorporated part of Pasquotank County and will be losing Perquimans County.

None of that kept her from winning reelection with 60 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial results. Mobley also swept each county in which she was on the ballot.

Mobley’s biggest victory came in Pasquotank and Bertie counties where she received more than 60 percent of the vote in both areas.

In Bertie County, Mobley was named on 2,421 ballots compared to 1,230 for Blackburn. In Pasquotank that number was 1,215 for the incumbent and 513 for the challenger.

Mobley won Hertford County by a final of 2,690 to 2,158 and Gates County by a final of 972 to 731.

“I truly appreciate the vote of confidence from the people of my district,” Mobley said. “I promise to do all I have been doing in the past and to find areas of new interest.”

State Senator Clark Jenkins also won the Democratic nomination for the North Carolina District 3 seat which he currently holds. Jenkins won every county in the district, including Bertie, Hertford and Northampton.

His final tally was 19,578 as he easily defeated the challenge of Florence Arnold Armstrong who had 9,440 votes.