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Early voting underway in race for New Bern mayor

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NEW BERN, N.C. - Early voting started Thursday in a few towns in eastern North Carolina.

One-stop early voting started New Bern, Atlantic Beach, Elizabeth City, and Rocky Mount.
    
And New Bern's race for mayor is getting a lot of attention.

After legal troubles spotlighted the city’s current mayor Lee Bettis, voters are already coming out for one of the biggest elections there in years.

For the first time in more than 20 years, six people are running for mayor of New Bern.
    
A variety early voter Anthony Tankson is happy about. Tankson says current mayor Lee Bettis’ issues sparked him to get out early and vote.

"The way the last mayor, obvious problems that he had, that's why a lot of people are running now,” said Tankson. “Most of the people that was aldermans are trying to run for mayor. They think they can do a better job."

Early voter Rose Roper says when election season rolls around she can't wait to get to the early voting polls.

"I love the elections. And all the excitement that goes with it," Roper said, adding that with so many people running for city office, it’s all about research. “We should study each candidate and what their platform is, and what they intend to do. We have a good variety this time. "
    
No matter what the reason, Director of Elections Meloni Wray says they are happy to see people excited to vote.

"Politics here seems to be very strong from what I understand, and people are very interested in what's going on and that's always a plus," said Wray.

Early voting runs from now until Oct 5th with the regular Election Day on October 8th
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