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Dance makes history as first black woman elected sheriff in North Carolina

Democratic candidate Paula Dance clinched victory over Republican Gary Weaver in the race for Pitt County sheriff Tuesday night, making her the first new sheriff the county has seen since 2010.

Her victory is receiving attention statewide, as she is the first African American woman to be elected sheriff in the history of North Carolina. Her win also makes her the first African American sheriff in Pitt County. 

Nearly 60,000 people voted in the race, which Dance won with 54 percent of the vote in comparison to Weaver's 45 percent.

Dance said she believes it was her decades with the department that put her in the lead, as well as being a familiar face in the community.

Weaver said both campaigns did everything they could to get out the vote. 


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