By DEUCE NIVEN
Brenden Jones’ unlikely bid for the N.C. House of Representatives, a GOP candidate in a strongly Democratic district, fell short as votes were tallied Tuesday,
Vote counts were delayed by problems with the state’s election reporting system, but at 9:30 p.m. it was clear that incumbent Democrat Ken Waddell had carried Columbus and Bladen counties, and a lead trending for Jones in Robeson was not going to be enough.
Jones, of Tabor City, and Chadbourn’s Waddell, both called the race a tough one. Jones said he was looking forward to spending time with family before “prayerfully” considering his next step.
In the race for the District Court Judge seat now held by Sherry Dew Prince it appeared Tuesday night that challenger Fred Gore, an assistant district attorney, was on his way to victory, though there were no polling numbers from Brunswick County available after 9:30 p.m. Prince, of Tabor City, won in her home county of Columbus but Gore claimed a much larger margin of victory in Bladen County, where he said he has strong family ties. Gore lives in Brunswick County, and said he was optimistic on his chances there, while Prince said she recognized Brunswick was going to be tough for her campaign.
In other Columbus County races incumbent Columbus County Board of Education members Worley T. Edwards and Barbara S. Yates beat back challenges from Warren Miller and Ronnie Strickland respectively; incumbent county commissioner Ricky Bullard won re-election soundly defeating Danny Meares, and Sheriff Lewis Hatcher took a nearly four-to-one lead over challenger Mike Edwards, a former Tabor City Police Department auxiliary office.
Look for more election results in Wednesday’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.