May 7, 2014
LUMBERTON — Here’s a brief overview of the results from Tuesday’s primary. Note that all results are considered unofficial until canvased on Tuesday and that provisional ballots have not been included in these results.
According to the state Board of Elections, 16,294 ballots were cast in Robeson County. There are 74,578 registered voters in the county, including 53,059 Democrats and 12,718 unaffiliated voters who were eligible to vote in the primary.
Robeson County Sheriff:
Incumbent Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey secured the Democratic party’s nomination, garnering 8,923 votes, about 63.8 percent, to his opponent Lennis Watts’ 5,047 votes.
Sealey also defeated Watts in the 2010 primary.
In November, Sealey will face off against Republican Randy Hammonds, a former state Highway Patrol commander.
Robeson County Board of Commissioners
Incumbent Robeson County Commissioner Hubert Sealey failed Tuesday in a six-candidate race to hold onto his District 2 seat on the County Board of Commissioners. Sealey, with 656, or 26.11 percent of votes cast, finished behind first place winner Berlester Campbell, who received 807 votes, or 32.13 percent of the votes cast. If the unofficial results hold, there is a potential runoff because no candidate received 40 percent of the votes.
Other candidates in the race and their vote count include: Larry S. Graham, 481, or 19.15 percent, of the votes; Paul Hunt Jr., 425, or 16.92 percent of the votes; John Jackson, 97, or 3.86 percent of the votes; and Jason Carter, 46, or 1.83 percent of the votes.
Longtime chairman of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, Noah Woods, just managed to hold on to his District 4 board seat. With the vote count still unofficial until votes are canvassed next Tuesday, his Democratic challenger Faline Locklear Dial came within just 10 votes of unseating Woods, 1,051 to 1,041 votes.
If the vote count stands after provisional and mailed absentee votes are counted, Dial will be within 1 percent of Woods, letting her call for a recount if she so chooses. Dial said late Tuesday that if she remains within 1 percent of Woods she will ask for a recount.
Lloyd “Mickey” Meekins Jr. defeated Brenda Bullard and Ray Cox to secure the Democratic party’s nomination for county commissioner over District 6.
Meekins garnered 1,195 votes, or 50.6 percent, to Bullard’s 246 votes and Cox’s 917 votes.
Meekins, a Lumberton businessman, will run against incumbent Republican David Edge in November.
Board of Education
Incumbent Severeo Kerns lost his District 3 seat on the Robeson County Board of Education to newcomer Peggy Wilkins Chavis.
Kerns, who had served on the Board of Education for 12 years, with one year spent as chairman of the board and three years spent as vice-chairman, lost with 582, 33.33 percent, to Chavis’ 806 votes, 46.16 percent. Also running for District 3 was Brenda L. Locklear, who lost with 320 votes, or 20.05 percent. There were eight write-in votes for that district, amounting to 0.46 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Brenda S. Fairley-Ferebee won her reelection bid against Effie N. McEachin for the District 2 school board seat, with 1,507 votes, amounting to 62.56 percent, to McEachin’s 886 votes, which came out to 36.78 percent. There were 16 write-in votes, which made up 0.66 percent of the votes cast.
Two other school board members — Mike Smith of District 6 and Dwayne Smith of District 8 — were unopposed. The primary serves as the general election for the Board of Education because the office is non-partisan.
N.C. Senate District 13:
Jane Smith, a retired realtor from Lumberton, won a four-way race for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Senate District 13, which encompasses Robeson and Columbus counties. She will face Bernard White, a Republican from Columbus County, in the General Election in November.
Smith received 9,448, or 47.38 percent of the total votes cast in Robeson and Columbus counties. The other candidates and votes they received include: Marcus W. Williams, 5,445, or 27.3 percent of the votes; David Ayers, 2,710, or 13.59 percent of the votes; and Beverly Collins Hall, with 2,336, or 11.72 percent of total votes cast.
Clerk of Superior Court
Shelena Smith will remain Robeson County’s clerk of Superior Court for another four years.
Smith, who was appointed to her post in 2012, won 6,933 votes, or 47.53 percent. Her challengers, Wixie Stephens and Tammy Jacobs Cummings, earned 4,468 and 3,187 votes, respectively.
Smith is a licensed attorney and has worked in the legal field for 20 years.