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Pender Co. Commissioner weighs in on election loss

Rivenbark says given his 16 years of experience, he thought he would get more votes, but that didn't happen. Rivenbark says given his 16 years of experience, he thought he would get more votes, but that didn't happen.

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Counties won't canvass the votes from Tuesday's elections until next week.

While some races are still too close to call, like the McIntyre-Rouzer Congressional race, others are more clear-cut, and some incumbents are making plans for life after public service.

Pender County Commissioner F.D. Rivenbark says he knew the election would be close, but never thought he would lose.

Rivenbark says given his 16 years of experience, he thought he would get more votes, but that didn't happen.

He says he enjoyed being able to represent the citizens of Pender County, and says it's because he loved the area so much that he kept running for re-election.

He adds that he is proud of many actions he helped pass, including bringing fitness and wellness programs to county employees.

Rivenbark said that given all he's done, he was more surprised than anything Tuesday when he found out he lost the election.

"I didn't really think I would lose, because I had the qualifications, the experience," he said. "And I'm a conservative Democrat. In the olden days, that meant a lot in Pender County.

Rivenbark says he does not plan on running again. Instead, he will focus his time on working on the farm he owns.

Fred McCoy will take his seat on the Pender County board at the first meeting in December.

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