COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - All eyes were on the City Council race in Whiteville Tuesday night. Six people were running for just two seats in District One.
Whiteville City Council candidate Vickie Pait watched attentively as the results trickled in. She cracked a smile when she realized voters selected her in a highly contested city council race.
"I'm excited, I'm excited about the people who voted for me and all the support the city has shown," said Pait.
She says bringing jobs to Whiteville is one of the first things she'll try to do. She wants to bring more businesses to the area, while keeping the ones already there.
Additionally she wants to bring comradery to the council.
"I want to work with all the council members when it comes to making decisions, and I'll make a decision based on fact whether than what I'm feeling," said Pait.
Tim Blackmon won the other seat in the city council race. This will be his second term on council.
At first, town councilman Terry Mann was the only name on the ballot for Whiteville Mayor, but fellow councilman Howard Jones was waging a write-in campaign. That campaign fell short.
Mann says the first thing he will do as mayor is bring a city manager to the area.
While they don't have experience in their new positions, Mann and Pait both said they look forward to the challenge.
*Winners are in bold
Boardman - Council (Vote for 5)
Carolyn B. Sealey
James (Jimmy) Smith
Bolton - Alderman (Vote for 2)
Daniel Lee Brown
Brunswick - Commissioner (Vote for 3)
Sheila A. Collins
Minnie Blackman Hill
Nancy L. Hill
Phyllis J. Jones
Alonzo R. McArthur
Shirley Jarman Moore
Cerro Gordo - Council (Vote for 3)
Eloise J. Bulloch
Laura Williamson Burney
Jeffrey Talmadge Greene
Chadbourn - Council (Vote for 2)
Rashad J. Roberts
Fair Bluff - Mayor
Spruell R. Britt
Fair Bluff - Commissioner (Vote for 3)
Clarice Vereen Faison
Rodney L. Singletary
Lake Waccamaw - Mayor
Ivan D. Wilson
Lake Waccamaw Commissioner - West Ward
Lake Waccamaw - Tax Referendum #1 (3 cents per $100 of property for 3 years, to build Recreation/Senior Center) - Against
Lake Waccamaw - Tax Referendum #2 (no restrictions on amount or time, to operate/maintain Center) - Against
Sandyfield - Mayor
Garry A. Keaton
Sandyfield - Council
Joe W. Smith
Tabor City - Council (Vote for 2)
Michael W. Chestnut
David E. Mincey
Doris A. Strickland
Mitchell D. Ward
Whiteville - Council District 1 (Vote for 2)
Joshua W. Ray
Alexander Lesesne Shaw