By DEUCE NIVEN
Mike Hammond, running for Fair Bluff Town Commissioner for the first time, died Tuesday afternoon as votes were still being cast in the municipal election, town consultant Al Leonard said.
Hammond, 59, had a history of heart problems, Columbus County Coroner Linwood Cartrette said.
One of four candidates for three seats on the town board, Hammond had been at the polling place in Fair Bluff much of the day, but went home in the afternoon saying he did not feel well, Leonard said.
Hammond was taken by ambulance to Columbus Regional Healthcare in Whiteville, where he was pronounced dead, Cartrette said.
Hammond was the only non-incumbent on the ballot for town commissioner. Current mayor Spruel R. Britt and commissioners F. Lester Drew and Clarice V. Faison were also running. Hammond finished fourth in that race, unofficial results showed.
His brother, current council member Billy Hammond, the apparent winner for mayor, had been challenged by Judith Haynes Enzor.