BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The unofficial results were complete for the Bladen County Commissioners race around 9:00 Tuesday night. Voters were choosing candidates for sheriff and the county commissioner.
Four seats were up for grabs for county commissioner – one countywide and one for each districts 1, 2, and 3.
In the countywide commissioner's race, James G. Smith was the leading vote getter over Albert Betty with the other challengers far behind in the balloting.
In the District 1 primary, Mark Gillespie upset the incumbent W.D. Neill Jr. by more than 300 votes.
Democratic incumbent Charles Peterson held strong to his position in District 2, pulling more than half of the total votes. He will face Republican Horace Wyatt in November.
In District 3, incumbent Larry Smith wasn't as lucky. Democrat Russell Priest took just about half of the votes, securing the win.
Five Democrats were running for Bladen County Sheriff in the Primary Election, looking to take over for Steve Bunn who is retiring after many years in office.
Eric Bryan was the leading vote getter, but did not reach the 40 percent plus one mark over Prentis Benston to avoid a runoff. Once the votes are canvassed, Benston will be able to request a runoff which would take place June 22.
William Brisson also had a challenger in the Democratic Primary for District 21 representing Bladen County. Robert Jacobs entered the race but finished well behind the incumbent by more than 3,000 votes.