By Sarah Willets firstname.lastname@example.org
May 6, 2014
LUMBERTON — Shelena Smith, Robeson County’s clerk of Superior Court, survived a challenge by two fellow Democrats in Tuesday’s primary election, and will serve four more years in the position.
“I’m glad the county has confidence in me.,” Smith said. “I’m very honored and privileged that they got out and the votes came in. I’m going to work, do my best, and I’m looking forward to serving the county.”
Smith took 6,933 votes, about 47.5 percent, to Wixie Stephens’ 4,468 votes, 30.6 percent, and Tammy Jacobs Cummings’ 3,187 votes, 21.9 percent.
Smith was appointed clerk in 2012 by Superior Court Judge Robert F. Floyd. Smith is a licensed attorney and has worked in the legal field for 20 years.
After graduating from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice, Smith worked with the N.C. Division of Prisons and then served as a parole and probation officer with the N.C. Division of Community Corrections. Smith received her law degree from N.C. Central School of Law in 2005.
Smith said early voting may have contributed to her win, but that speaking with voters throughout the “long, hard race” is what clinched it.
“A lot of people got involved, getting information out, letting the county know exactly what the clerk’s duties are,” Smith said. “I do think early voting played a part in it, but I think it was just a matter of educating the voters.”
Smith earn 1,545 votes during the early voting period.
All results are unofficial until canvassed on Tuesday. Provisional ballots are not included in the results.