Dial won’t seek appeal in District 4

First Posted: 5/20/2014

LUMBERTON — Faline Locklear Dial has ended her quest to unseat longtime Robeson County Commissioner Noah Woods.

Dial said Tuesday she will not appeal to the state the results of Saturday’s recount of District 4 votes.

The results of the six-hour recount of the May 6 Democratic primary that was conducted by the Robeson County Board of Elections showed Woods winning by two votes, the same margin he had following the election canvass on May 13.

“After much consideration and investigation of information provided by the Board of Elections concerning the May 6 primary, I’ve decided that there is not significant irregularities in the election to continue with a protest,” Dial said. “After reviewing the complete list of voters who cast ballots — looking for such things as voters voting out of district or duplicate voting — I didn’t find anything significant. Unfortunately, I have to let it go.

“I’m proud of how my campaign went, but you have to know when to let it stop,” she said. “I congratulate Mr. Woods.”

The final vote count was 1,060 votes for Woods and 1,058 votes for Dial. During the recount each candidate lost a vote.

Woods faces no Republican opposition in the November General Election.

Dial, a political newcomer and speech pathologist. is the first candidate to seriously challenge Woods, a retired Robeson County educator, for the District 4 seat he has held since 1990. Woods currently serves as the chairman of the eight-member board.

Dial said that she is “not ruling out” a future run for the office.

Dial had focused her campaign on the need for new leadership, and transparency in Robeson County government. She said that the voters in District 4 sent a strong message not only to Woods, but to other incumbent county commissioners.

“They want change,” Dial said. “Because of the success of my campaign, it will encourage others to know that they can upset incumbents in any district, not just District 4.”

Woods has refused repeatedly to make any comments to The Robesonian throughout the election process. Even the news that he will serve a seventh term hasn’t encouraged him to talk.

G.L. Pridgen, director of the Robeson County Board of Elections, said that Woods on Monday had requested information on what he should do if he chose to file any further election protest with the state.

“Noah was just thinking about filing a protest,” Pridgen said Tuesday. “He just wanted to know what to do if he decided to file a protest.”