Mofield Re-Elected, Bell Loses Bid
Longtime Aberdeen Mayor Betsy Mofield easily won re-election Tuesday night, but her counterpart in Robbins was not as fortunate.
Robbins Mayor Theron Bell lost to challenger Lonnie English, according to the unofficial returns. English received 90 votes, while Bell had 79.
Voters in Robbins also defeated two ABC referendum issues that would have allowed beer sales and let hotels, motels, restaurants, private clubs, community theaters and convention centers sell mixed drinks.
In Vass, two write-in candidates were the top two voter-getters for three seats on the Town Board.
“I grew up in Robbins,” English said. “My goal is to try to do something even though the economy is bad. I like Mrs. Bell; she is a good person. I just feel like it is my time to do something.”
English is a feed-mill manager in Candor who grew up in Robbins, served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, and then returned to his hometown. He said he was running to do something for Robbins rather than himself and hopes to work with the board as a team.
Bell has served on the Town Board for many years and has been active in many civic efforts. She was instrumental in bringing the Robbins Area Public Library to reality, helped Robbins win selection as one of the first NC STEP towns and has been working with a nonprofit foundation to restore the Village Theater as an attraction to downtown Robbins.
“I am working hard trying to bring jobs to Robbins,” she said earlier. “I want Robbins to be part of a greater Moore County. I encourage our citizens to get involved not only in the town’s economic development but also in its cultural life.”
Hal “Rocky” Davis and newcomer Kevin Stewart won four-year terms on the Robbins board, running unopposed.
Carthage will have a new mayor, as Lee McGraw defeated Jimmy Chalflinch by margin of 164 to 56.
“I want people to know I believe we can move forward now,” McGraw said, speaking briefly while collecting his signs Tuesday night. “We have a lot to do in Carthage.”
Former county Clerk of Court Catherine Graham and incumbent Jean Riley ran unopposed in winning election to the Town Board.
Pinebluff Mayor Earlene McLamb won re-election, defeating challenger William S. Garner 168-49.
In Aberdeen, Mofield defeated challenger David Butler 285 votes to 74. She said she looks forward to another two-year term as mayor.
Despite the low turnout, Mofield said Election Day is almost like a homecoming event for her because she gets to see so many Aberdeen residents.
“It’s been a joy,” she said. “One of my favorite things about being mayor of Aberdeen is talking to all the voters on Election Day.”
Mofield added that she was glad to see the Aberdeen mayoral race contested this year with Butler’s candidacy.
“He’s a fine man, and I appreciate his wanting to run,” she said.
Three incumbents on the Town Board — Robert Farrell, Pat Ann McMurray and Jim Thomas — ran unopposed for re-election. Farrell led the way with 329 votes, followed by Thomas with 318 and McMurray with 317.
Vass had an unusual situation this year in that only one candidate — Donald Bridgers — filed for one of the three seats on the Town Board. According to the unofficial results, two write-in candidates were the top vote-getters. George Blackwell and Matthew Callahan each received 49 votes. Bridgers was third with 31 votes. A third write-in candidate, Al Mosely, got 27 votes.
Mayor Eddie Challahan was unopposed for re-election, receiving 59 votes.
In Taylortown, Mayor Ulysses Simpson Grant Barrett Jr. won re-election to the Town Council, according to the unofficial returns. Jeffery Moody, who did not run in the previous municipal election, was the top vote-getter this time.
James Thompson and Marvin Taylor won re-election, and new member Mitchell Ratcliff will join the council. Charlotte Worthy did not seek re-election, and council member F. Ellis Ray Jr. lost.
Taylortown was tops in terms of voter turnout, with 43.3 percent, as 268 of the town’s 619 registered voters casts ballots. Robbins was second with a 38.9 percent turnout.
In Whispering Pines, Jerry Osborne was the top vote-getter in a three-way race for two seats on the Village Council. He received 537 votes, followed by Edward “Ed” T. Blackwell with 411. Herb Conway was third with 281.
Each of the three winning candidates for seats on the Cameron Town Board — Dawn Lenz, Jamie Oakley and G.R. “Mack” Womble — received 19 votes, according to the unofficial returns. Charles Wayne Morris was last with nine votes.
Overall, 26.86 percent, or 8,637, of the eligible 32,156 voters went to the polls Tuesday.
For complete election returns, click here.
Managing Editor David Sinclair contributed to this story.
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