Shields returns to Hertford County School Board

Published 5:03 pm Friday, November 11, 2022

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AHOSKIE – Following a 24-month absence, David Shields will return to the Hertford County Board of Education.

David Shields

While the results of Tuesday’s General Election remain unofficial, Shields topped a field of five candidates seeking the three seats up for grabs this year on the county’s school board.

The current tally shows Shields with 3,631 votes. Hertford County voters also chose school board incumbents Sheila Porter (3,508 votes) and Dennis M. Deloatch (3,448) to return to office.

Brunet V. Parker (2,494) and Eric Carey (1,485) rounded out the field.

Shields, who previously served for 20 years on the local school board, finished third in the 2020 election, one where only the top two vote-getters (Eddie Hall and J. Wendell Hall) earned new terms. The 2020 school board election attracted seven candidates for the two seats.

This time around, Shields used a strong showing during the early voting period (One-Stop) and on election day itself to reclaim his seat on the school board. Shields topped the One-Stop balloting with 1,790 votes and followed that up with 1,758 votes on Tuesday. He was also named on 83 absentee by mail ballots.

Porter and Deloatch followed a similar path to the top.

Porter, currently the chair of the Hertford County Board of Education, received the second-highest number of One-Stop votes (1,724) and added 1,683 on election day. She also was named on 101 absentee by mail ballots.

Deloatch placed third in the One-Stop balloting (1,530), but led the field on election day where he received 1,818 votes. The long-time school board incumbent was named on 100 absentee by mail ballots.

Parker, a political newcomer, faired well in her first-ever election. She received 1,243 votes on Tuesday, 1,183 via One-Stop, and was named on 38 absentee by mail ballots.

Carey had 826 votes on Tuesday, 621 votes during One-Stop, and received 38 absentee by mail votes.

Hertford County voters also cast ballots during this election cycle for two seats on the Board of Commissioners as well as for Clerk of Superior Court and Sheriff. None of those seats were contested this year.

Incumbent Sheriff Dexter Hayes received the highest number of votes (5,541) of any candidate on the ballot. Shirley Gatling, the incumbent Clerk of Superior Court, also broke the 5,000-vote threshold (5,023).

Incumbent Commissioners Andre Lassiter (4,786 votes) and Leroy Douglas (4,695) also ran unopposed and were reelected to another four-year term.

The only other local election on the 2022 ballot was for Hertford County Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor. David Simons (4,258 votes) and C. Gray Pierce (3,829) were elected.

In the two high profile federal races, Hertford County voters favored Cheri Beasley over Ted Budd (4,095 – 2,387) for U.S. Senate and supported Don Davis over Sandy Smith (4,190 – 2,397) for U.S. House of Representatives (NC District 1).

All totaled, 6,689 of the county’s 14,346 registered voters (46.63%) participated in the 2022 General Election.

All results are unofficial until the Hertford County Board of Elections performs its required canvass of those numbers next week.

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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