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Pugh withdraws as mayoral candidate

WINDSOR – James Earl Pugh, the incumbent Mayor of Lewiston-Woodville, has withdrawn his name as a candidate for reelection.

Pugh filed on July 26 for another term in office. However, he withdrew from the race on Aug. 6 after notifying the Bertie County Board of Elections of his intentions not to seek reelection.

Bertie Elections Director Shelia Holloman said that Pugh did not give a reason of why he decided to withdraw.

On Monday morning, Chris B. Cordon filed for Lewiston-Woodville Mayor.

To date, only one other person has filed. Lee Owens, who is seeking the Woodville District seat on the Town Council, filed July 26. That seat is currently held by Council member June Jernigan.

As of 12 noon on Tuesday, no one had yet to file for the Council’s Lewiston District seat, which is currently held by Dianne Bazemore.

Filing for positions on the Lewiston Woodville Town Council continues until 12 noon on Friday, Aug. 13. The filing fee is $5.

Those wishing to file must be registered voters who are at least 21 years old by Election Day (Nov. 2) and reside in Lewiston Woodville. If they are not already registered to vote, they can register at the same time they file their notice of candidacy. For an office that is elected by district or ward, the candidate must reside within the district or ward.

Candidates need to register at the Bertie County Board of Elections, located at 210 West Watson Street, Windsor. For more information, call 252-794-5306.

Filing ended July 16 for municipal seats in the Bertie County towns of Askewville, Aulander, Colerain, Kelford, Powellsville, Roxobel, and Windsor.

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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