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Election Day across the East

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Tuesday was municipal Election Day across the east and 9 On Your Side took a closer look at the important issues on the ballot.

In Onslow County, voters overwhelming rejected the school system's referendum to replace 2 schools.

The school system wanted approval for a $75 million bond. The bulk of the money would help replace two schools the district says are in bad shape, Richlands Elementary and Dixon Middle. Government leaders argued passing that referendum would raise taxes about $50 a household. The school district said if voters approved the bond referendum, the new schools would be ready in two to three years.

There were also a few mayoral races going on in Onslow County. Anita Dingler and Joseph Edwards were on the ballot in Holly Ridge after incumbent Elmer Padgett decided to retire after this term. Dingler won out and is now the new mayor. In Richlands, current Mayor McKinley Smith Sr. held on to his seat against former Alderman Fran Pierce. And in Swansboro, it was a three horse race, but Mayor Scott Chadwick defeated Town Commissioner "Junior” Freeman and resident Rick McCormac, who were both vying against him to be the mayor there.

The day before municipal elections, several chose to speak out against Pitt Community College's bond referendum. At a county commission meeting, speakers warned of the implications the $19.9 million bond could have. The college says they need the money to expand but opponents say now is not the time.

In the end, voters in Pitt County decided that taxes will go up next year because of the Pitt Community College educational referendum. Tax payers decided they will pay $20 a year for every $100,000 their property is worth. The money will cover the costs of a new science building and the relocation of the college's Basic Law Enforcement Training facility.
    
And PCC President Dennis Massey is delighted.

"We know it's a sacrifice on their part, but we feel that we've produced a good product here,” said PCC President Dennis Massey. “We train many local residents and we feel it is a strong investment for the future of Pitt County and the people that are going into the workforce."

Massey anticipates the projects will be ready in two years.

Pitt County Board of Elections

In Greenville current Mayor Allen Thomas defeated challenger Tom Best. The two have sparred in a few debates this year. Among the topics of discussion, their stance on the changes to the un-related housing rule.

Winterville re-elcted Mayor Doug Jackson over challenger Calvin Henderson.

Many folks in Craven County didn't report to their usual polling place. Because it was a municipal election, fewer locations were open. Of the 12 polling locations where people in New Bern would typically vote, only eight were open Tuesday. The about 200 people who would normally vote at those locations voted either at the west New Bern Recreational Center or the Riverdale United Methodist Church.

Those going to the polls in New Bern elected a new mayor in a runoff election. First Ward Alderman Sabrina Bengel led the way with 30% of the vote last month and sixth ward alderman Dana Outlaw wasn't far behind with 27% of the vote. The candidates agreed on many issues, like the need for city government to be more transparent and the importance of the city's branding campaign. The two candidates have known each other for more than 30 years, and although they share some of the same goals for the city, only one could be mayor. In the end, Outlaw pulled ahead of Bengel, who declared defeat Election Night.

Only one can be mayor of Havelock as well. Current mayor Jimmy Sanders was defeated by Will Lewis a two-term city commissioner

Craven County Board of Elections

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