WNCT Staff - UPDATE:
NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) - Incumbent Dana Outlaw will serve another term as mayor of New Bern. Outlaw easily defeated former mayor Lee Bettis to earn a second term in office.
Mayor Outlaw received 63.57% of the votes cast Tuesday. Just 27.94% of New Bern voters cast their ballot for Bettis. Political newcomer Ernie Williams finished third.
New Bern voters also elected Aldermen with three of the races contested.
Sabrina Bengel received 51.50% of the vote to win the Ward 1 seat. In Ward 4 Johnnie Ray Kinsey got 53.70% of the vote. The Ward 5 seat goes to Barbara Best with 51.15% of the vote.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) --- Campaign signs lined the streets Tuesday as city elections were held in both Craven and Carteret counties.
In New Bern, there are three people vying for mayor.
"We have a mayor (Lee Bettis) that was a candidate prior to 2013," said Meloni Wray, director of elections. "He has put his name back in the hat. Of course, we have the current mayor (Dana Outlaw). His name is in there, then we have a newcomer, Ernie Williams."
Lee Bettis served as mayor in 2013, but he stepped down when he was caught driving while impaired with his child in the car. He served 90 days in jail for the crime.
Dana Outlaw took over from there, but mayoral candidate Ernie Williams hopes to spoil both Bettis and Outlaw's night.
"They have had lots of forums I understand…so I think it has created interest," said Wray.
However, Wray said voter turnout is expected to drop almost ten percent this year.
"We've heard that it's because three wards are running unopposed, but really that shouldn't affect your mayor vote because it is the mayor of the city you are electing," Wray said. "I'm not sure if it's because it is an October election, and you normally don't think of an election being in October."
The New Bern elections will decide their next mayor and the aldermen of all 6 wards.
Candidates for New Bern Mayor include: Lee Bettis, Dana Outlaw, and Ernest Williams.
Candidates for New Bern Alderman Ward 1 include: Sabrina Bengel, Dallas Blackiston, Tony Bonnici, and Anne Schout.
The candidate for New Bern Alderman Ward 2 is Jameesha Harris, running unopposed.
The candidate for New Bern Alderman Ward 3 is Robert Aster, running unopposed.
Candidates for New Bern Alderman Ward 4 include: Johnnie Kinsey, Kandi Midgette-Ward, and Steven Strickland.
Candidates for New Bern Alderman Ward 5 include: Barbara Best and Bernard White.
The candidate for New Bern Alderman Ward 6 is Jeffrey Odham, running unopposed.
The following polling locations will be open 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. for voting on Election Day in Craven County on Tuesday:
N1 George Street: Craven County Senior Services
N2 Fort Totten: Twin Rivers YMCA
N3 Grover C. Fields: Grover C. Fields Middle School
N4 H.J. MacDonald: H.J. MacDonald Middle School
N5 Glenburnie: National Guard Armory
N6 West New Bern: West New Bern Recreation Center
#04 Rhems: Rhems Fire Department
#06 Clarks: West of New Bern Fire Department
#23 Grantham 2B: New Song Church
#03 Trent Woods: City of New Bern voters go to N2 - Twin Rivers YMCA
#11 Bridgeton: City of New Bern voters go to N1 - Craven County Senior Center
#16 Grantham 1A & #21 Brices Creek: City of New Bern voters go to #23 - New Song Church
Absentee ballots are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before Election Day.
For more information, please contact Craven County Board of Elections at (252) 636-6610.
The town in Atlantic Beach in Carteret County is holding elections for their next mayor and five Town Council seats.
The candidate for Atlantic Beach Mayor is A.B. Trace Cooper III, running unopposed.
Candidates for Atlantic Beach Town Council include: Harry Archer, Rich Johnson, Danny Navey, Richard Warren Porter, Jr., and Austin Waters.
The following polling locations will be open 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. for voting on Election Day in Carteret County on Tuesday:
Atlantic Beach Town Hall
Absentee ballots are due at the Board of Elections Office by 5 p.m.
For more information, please contact Carteret County Board of Elections at (252) 728-6460.