LUMBERTON — After final votes from last week’s municipal elections were tallied this morning during the canvass, a write-in candidate has taken a commission seat in Fairmont, a recount is upcoming in a Pembroke council race, and two candidates for another Pembroke council seat are tied.
In Pembroke, newcomer Channing Jones was the top vote getter with 307 out of six candidates for two available seats on the council. Incumbent Allen Dial, who is seeking his fifth four-year term, is now tied with Theresa Locklear, both with 300 votes. Locklear lost a bid for a council seat two years ago by seven votes.
The unofficial results had shown Dial winning. It’s now unclear how that tie will be broken.
In a race to fill the remaining two-year term of the late Pembroke Councilman Robert Williamson, Mitchell Lowry is leading former Councilman Larry McNeill by two votes, 265 to 263. Unofficial results had shown Lowry with a nine-vote margin, but after the canvass McNeill became eligible to request a recount, which he has done. No date has been set for the recount.
In Fairmont, incumbent Commissioner Kim Prevatte Ammons lost a re-election bid for one of three commission seats up for election. She came in fourth, with 384 votes, behind write-in candidate Monte McCallum, who received 440 votes.
The other two seats went to Amelia “Ann” McLean, with 520 votes, and Terry Evans, with 476 votes.