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PC Municipal Elections 2023: New faces come to Surf City council, Burgaw commissioners

Elections from Tuesday, Nov. 7; it will be updated throughout the evening as precincts close. (Port City Daily/File)

PENDER COUNTY — With 23.82% of ballots cast in Pender County — that’s roughly 1,585 out of 6,653 eligible voters — many municipalities in the county will experience few changes.

In Burgaw, incumbent Vernon Harrell was voted off the board of commissioners, as incumbent William George III retained his seat. Newcomers William Rivenbark and Michael Pearsall secured the top votes at 259 and 250 respectively.

Down the road in Surf City, Teresa Batts has retained her mayoral position, beating challenger Marc Caldwell by 297 votes. Two new faces will be on Surf City’s council in Alicia Hawley and Trudy Solomon who will join re-elected council member John Koloski. The former two beat out incumbents Donald Helms and Buddy Fowler.

In neighboring Topsail Beach, both incumbent commissioners Joe Bell and John Gunter retained their seats. They were running unopposed.

Below are the unofficial results for Pender County races from the North Carolina State Board of Elections from Tuesday, Nov. 7. However, local boards of election must still canvass the results to finalize totals, scheduled to take place on Friday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.

TOWN OF ATKINSON MAYOR (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 1
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NAME ON BALLOTPARTYBALLOT COUNTPERCENT
Jason Spivey4560.81%
Elton Wendell Newkirk, Sr.2939.19%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)00.00%
TOWN OF ATKINSON COMMISSIONER (VOTE FOR 2)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 1
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NAME ON BALLOTPARTYBALLOT COUNTPERCENT
Bryan Stewart6364.29%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)3535.71%
TOWN OF BURGAW COMMISSIONER (VOTE FOR 3)
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
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NAME ON BALLOTPARTYBALLOT COUNTPERCENT
William G. Rivenbark25925.72%
Michael Pearsall22021.85%
William E. George III17217.08%
Vernon Harrell13413.31%
Rochelle Whiteside11211.12%
John Johnson10210.13%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)80.79%
VILLAGE OF ST. HELENA MAYOR (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 1
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NAME ON BALLOTPARTYBALLOT COUNTPERCENT
Robert M. Barnhill2278.57%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)621.43%
VILLAGE OF ST. HELENA COUNCILMAN (VOTE FOR 3)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 1
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NAME ON BALLOTPARTYBALLOT COUNTPERCENT
William (Cowboy) Hunter3333.33%
Carey Childress3030.30%
Gerald Velie2121.21%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)1515.15%
TOWN OF SURF CITY MAYOR (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
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NAME ON BALLOTPARTYBALLOT COUNTPERCENT
Teresa Batts60766.12%
Marc Caldwell31033.77%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)10.11%
TOWN OF SURF CITY COUNCIL MEMBER (VOTE FOR 3)
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
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NAME ON BALLOTPARTYBALLOT COUNTPERCENT
Alicia Hawley61223.68%
Trudy Solomon57822.36%
John Koloski50519.54%
Heather Allen2569.90%
William J. (Buddy) Fowler2519.71%
Donald Ray Helms1937.47%
Cheryl Crane Hunter1796.92%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)110.43%
TOWN OF TOPSAIL BEACH MAYOR (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 1
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NAME ON BALLOTPARTYBALLOT COUNTPERCENT
Steve Smith12988.97%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)1611.03%
TOWN OF TOPSAIL BEACH COMMISSIONER (VOTE FOR 2)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 1
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NAME ON BALLOTPARTYBALLOT COUNTPERCENT
Joe Bell12345.22%
John Gunter11341.54%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)3613.24%

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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