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Newcomer ousts longtime Pender commissioner

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Political newcomer Fred McCoy ousts longtime Pender Commissioner F.D. Rivenbark.

McCoy took 57.67 percent of the vote in Tuesday's General Election.

The Burgaw native worked for the North Carolina Department of Transportation for 31 years. He says he has had a lot of experience working with county managers across the state dealing with infrastructure issues.

McCoy says in order for Pender County to continue growing it needs to build more infrastructure. He says that infrastructure will attract more industry to the county, which in turn will create more jobs. He says that as an elected official he hopes to help bring down the county's unemployment rate of around 10 percent.

McCoy has a background in engineering, which he says will help him lead the county when it comes to making infrastructure decisions.

The 68-year-old went to Burgaw High School and is an army veteran. He served with opponent, F.D. Rivenbark. When asked why he was running, he said he felt it was important to start giving back to the county.

Commissioner Jimmy Tate was also re-elected, the District 5 Commissioner ran unopposed. Tate works at James Sprunt Community College and was recently appointed to serve as a trustee at Elizabeth City State University.

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