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NHC Board of Education primary election canvass places incumbent Beaulieu in 5th place

NHC Board of Education primary election canvass places incumbent Beaulieu in 5th place
Published: May. 27, 2022 at 12:56 PM EDT
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - A canvass of the primary election votes Friday pushed NHC Board of Education incumbent Nelson Beaulieu into fifth place in the democrat race for the four candidate spots.

The official canvass results showed Jennah Bosch leading Beaulieu by two votes with a count of 7,375 votes to Beaulieu’s 7,373.

At the closing of the polls May 17, Beaulieu had a slim lead over Bosch of three votes, so the canvass has reversed the result placing Bosch as the winner of the fourth democrat nomination.

“I always try and tell my students, I teach the community college, that every vote matters,” Beaulieu said. “And it will be exciting to go back in the fall and to give them a real example of that. And your opinions, your thoughts, what you value, it really does matter.”

As the difference is one percent or fewer of all the votes cast for the two candidates, the trailing candidate may request a recount. Beaulieu has until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to ask for a recount.

“I’m going to take the next 24 to 48 hours to discuss that with my family, discuss that with the Democratic Party and consider, first ‚what’s best for me. And second, what’s in the best interest of our party and our party’s voters,” Beaulieu said.

Bosch, on the other hand, is confident the result will hold and she will advance to the general election in November.

“A week ago, I wasn’t sure,” Bosch said, “I was down by three, which is now probably how he’s feeling now. But, right now, because I’m up until he requests that recount, my mind is, what to do now?”

The canvass confirmed the other three nominees for the democrats as Veronica McLaurin-Brown, Dorian Cromartie, and Judy Justice. The four confirmed republican nominees following the canvass are Pat Bradford, Melissa Mason, Josie Barnhart, and Peter C. Wildeboer.

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