Hassell’s election results stir controversy among 80 residents

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HASSELL, N.C. (WNCT) — The town of Hassell has three churches, one post office, one mini-mart and only 80 people living within city limits.

Residents say it used to be booming in the 1960s but is now desolate.

They are in the middle of a difficult situation as their local pastor, Michelle Davis, won both the mayoral race and a commissioner seat in Hassell.

Now Davis has to decide which one she wants to take.

Only eight people in the town voted, leading to the situation.

“I had no idea that we had a new mayor until I went to church,” said Rosetta Newport, Hassell resident. “And someone told me we had a new mayor.”

No political signs and no notifications went out that it was even time for a town election.

“Since we don’t have a hall here, we have to go to Oak City,” said Newport. “I didn’t know when the election was and I didn’t know. Someone told me that she had won.”

“If I would have known, I would have voted,” said Marnika Simmons, who also lives in the town.

Residents now have to wait to learn who will officially be their new mayor.

They say the bigger issue here is little Hassell is cut off from communication; something they’re hoping will change with whoever is named mayor of Hassell.

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