By DEUCE NIVEN
Kelly Beck claimed the most votes in a four-person race for two seats on the Tabor City Council, and is expected to become only the second woman to ever sit on the panel when she is sworn in December.
Incumbent council member David Mincey trailed Beck by just 6 votes to finish second and keep his seat, the unofficial totals from Tuesday’s vote combined with early voting results showed.
Beck claimed 233 votes in the unofficial counting, including 222 cast Tuesday; while Mincey’s total was 233, including 24 ballots cast early.
Veteran council member and former mayor Nelson Lee took a total of 174 votes, while Emory Cox took 62 votes in his first bid for public office.
“I’m trembling,” Beck said as she approached her husband, Eddie Beck, with the unofficial election report showing her win in hand. They embraced as supporters applauded before approaching.
“I am humbled and honored to serve the people of Tabor City,” said Beck, a former Tabor City Elementary School principal who now holds that post at the West Columbus School.
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