Two newcomers Two newcomers win in Pembroke

First Posted: 11/6/2013

PEMBROKE — Incumbent Allen Dial and two newcomers were elected to the Pembroke Town Council on Tuesday.

Both Dial and Channing Jones will serve four-year terms after beating out four other candidates with 304 and 301 votes, respectively.

Theresa Locklear, with 293 votes, came in third, with the other candidates being John Locklear, Chris Lowry and John Campbell.

Dial, 59, a Pembroke native, has served on the council 16 years.

“I feel good,” Dial said this morning. ‘“The people have spoken, and I want to thank all of my supporters for the confidence they have shown in me so I could be re-elected.”

Having run on the slogan “Continuation of Progress in the Town of Pembroke,” Dial said he would like to see money spent to provide needed sidewalks in the town that would especially provide safety for students at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Jones, 36, a Robeson County native, is currently the vice president for Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Robeson Community College. He served as Pembroke’s assistant town manager for two and a half years before taking his position at RCC in 2011.

He could not be reached this morning for comment.

Mitchell Lowry was elected to finish out the remaining two years of the unexpired term of Robert Williamson, who died in 2012 shortly after taking office for his first term. Lowry defeated former Larry McNeill, a longtime councilman who lost his seat in 2009.

Lowry received 267 votes, while McNeill got 258 votes.

“I’m very interested in seeing some things get done,” Lowry said shortly after his victory.

McNeill wasn’t giving up.

“This isn’t over yet,” he said this morning. “There are still provisional votes to be counted and challenges being made.”

McNeill did not rule out requesting a recount, but he will need to pick up votes to get within the 1 percent threshold.

All results are unofficial until canvassed by the Robeson County Board of Elections on Tuesday.