WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - Political newcomer and former WECT reporter Justin Smith made big strides during the municipal elections.
Unofficial results show Smith gaining nearly half of the total votes, landing himself a seat on Whiteville City Council and pushing out incumbent Vickie Pait.
He is joined by incumbent Timothy Blackmon.
A graduate of Whiteville High School, Smith earned a bachelor of arts in journalism and mass communication from UNC Chapel Hill and a master's degree in public administration from UNC Wilmington.
Smith's wife, Rachel, has been employed with the Columbus County Schools for nine years. They have two children: Scott, 4, and Julia, 1.