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4 incumbents unseated in local elections

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SMITHFIELD — Two incumbent Selma councilmen, one Clayton councilman and one Wilson’s Mills councilman lost re-election amid a light turnout for the Nov. 5 municipal elections.

In Selma, Mayor Cheryl Oliver won handily over former Councilman William Overby by a 317-141 margin with two write-in votes. Challengers ousted Selma Councilmen William Petersen and Tommy Holmes.

The new councilmen-elect are Byron McAllister, who received 309 votes, and Joe Scarboro, who garnered 201 votes. Remaining vote-getters were Petersen, 168 votes; Holmes, 87 votes and challenger Roger Diegele, 54 votes. There was one write-in vote.

In Clayton, an $18 million parks and recreation bond won by a wide margin, 864-299 votes. Mayor Jody McLeod won another term with 961 votes. There were 36 write-in votes against him. In a race for two open council seats, incumbent Bob Satterfield lost by 59 votes. The winners were challenger Avery Everett, with 660 votes and incumbent Jason Thompson with 602 votes.

In Wilson’s Mills, there were five candidates seeking two town council seats. The winners were challenger Carolyn Dobbins, 96 votes, and Mayor Pro-tem J.C. Triplett, 58 votes. The other candidates were incumbent Johnny Eason, 40 votes, and challenger Fleta Byrd, 38 votes.

In Archer Lodge, incumbents faced no opposition. Mayor Matt Mulhollem received 57 votes. Three councilmen were re-elected: Clyde Castleberry, 53 votes, Mark Jackson, 51 votes and James Purvis, 47 votes.

In Benson, Mayor Jerry Medlin was re-elected with 222 votes. There were nine write-in votes. In the town Board of Commissioners races, incumbent District 1 Commissioner Cassandra Stack received 51 votes and was unopposed; District 2 Commissioner Curtis McLamb tallied 60 votes. There were five write-in votes. In District 3, Commissioner Max Raynor garnered 102 votes with four write-in votes against him.

In Four Oaks, four town commissioners were re-elected without opposition. They are Andy Hardy, 192 votes; Carles Surles, 189 votes; Vic Medlin, 184 votes; and Walt Rabon, 68 votes. There were seven write-in votes.

In Kenly, Mayor Bonnie Williamson received 105 votes. There were five write-in votes against her. Four council members won re-election. LaWanda Neal, 76 votes; Keith Davis, 72 votes; Bobby Peale, 67 votes; and Page Redmon, 35 votes. There were four write-in votes.

In Micro, the mayor and three councilmen won re-election without opposition. Mayor Jay Warren received 27 votes. Councilman Russell Creech won 27 votes and Councilman Jay Langston and Kevin Worley received 26 votes each.

In Pine Level, Mayor Jeff Holt and four town commissioners won re-election. Holt earned 70 votes; there were three write-in votes against him. In the town commissioner races, Greg Baker received 55 votes; Jimmy Garner tallied 53 votes and Phil Pittman and Bill Radford each garnered 52 votes. There were 18 write-in votes in opposition.

Princeton Mayor Don Rains, without opposition, won another term in office. He received 56 votes. Three town commissioners won re-election without opposition. Mayor Pro-tem Walter Martin Jr. racked up 57 votes; Scottie Brown saw 47 votes and Mike Rose received 37 votes.

In Smithfield, Mayor Andy Moore won another term with 619 votes. There were 23 write-in votes.

In the Smithfield council race, three at-large seats were up for re-election. The incumbent winners were John Dunn, 449 votes; Stephen Rabil, 400 votes and Roger Allen Wood, 384 votes. Challenger Jim Snyder received 323 votes.