Recount affirms vote tally: Hines wins race for Winterville mayor by three votes

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WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A recount held Friday morning at the Pitt County Board of Elections confirmed Councilman Ricky Hines’ three-vote win over Councilwoman Veronica Roberson in the race for Winterville mayor.

Hines will be the town’s first Black mayor.

A canvas meeting was held Tuesday to determine who won the race for mayor in Winterville. At the time, Hines, also the Winterville mayor pro-ten, held a 454-453 lead. The next step came Friday when the Pitt County Board of Elections held a canvas meeting to certify the results.

The final vote tally was 456 for Hines and 453 for Roberson with Tucker Moore getting 287 votes. Hines’ strongest area was in the OS Winterville precinct, where he got 186 votes. He outpaced Roberson in two precincts. Robertson actually had more votes in the OS Winterville precinct, tallying 248.

Hines was elected as a councilman in 2017 by one vote.

Ricky Hines and Veronica Roberson (Town of Winterville photos)

“I’m honored and humbled to be the first Black mayor of Winterville,” Hines said. “But, of course, I’m there to represent all the citizens of Winterville. I’m just looking forward to working hard and making Winterville as we say our motto, a slice of the good life.”

Doug A. Jackson is the town’s current mayor but chose not to seek office again. Hines will be sworn into office on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Town Chamber. He said he is looking forward to celebrating the election but then is ready to get to work with the town council.

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