All of the incumbents seeking reelection to the Moore County Board of Education will move forward to the general election after Tuesday’s primary with one challenger each.
Mostly complete but unofficial returns indicated late Tuesday night that incumbent Helena Wallin-Miller and challenger Bob Levy were far and away the top two vote-getters in a three-way race with Crystal Williams for the District 2 seat. In voting for the District 5 seat, incumbent John Weaver and Philip Holmes each received more votes than Edward Spence.
Though both incumbents were on track to receive the highest vote tally in their races as of press time Tuesday, only a narrow gap separated them from their closest primary challengers.
School board races are nonpartisan, but primaries serve to narrow the field when the number of candidates who file is more than twice the number of seats available.
With one of 26 precincts yet to report, Wallin-Miller had nearly 42 percent of the vote with Levy a close second at just over 40 percent. In the District 5 race, Weaver led slightly with 40 percent of votes cast to Holmes’ 36.2 percent.
Wallin-Miller and Levy, who both live in Pinehurst, each won several precincts. Of the four Pinehurst precincts, each of them won two. Levy also won the Carthage, Robbins and northern Moore, Vass and Seven Lakes precincts while Wallin-Miller won the voting at most polling places in southern Moore County as well as early voting.
At the same time, there was a slightly larger gap in the voting between Weaver and Holmes, with Weaver winning 17 precincts and early voting, and Holmes winning seven. Weaver was appointed to the school board last year after the death of longtime board member Bruce Cunningham.
Both of the third-place runners, who will not advance beyond the primary, won the vote in Taylortown.
The other two school board races being contested this year did not appear on the primary ballot as only two candidates filed for each of them. Voters will wait until the start of early voting in October to cast ballots in the District 1 race between Stacey Caldwell and Brandon Coleman, or the District 4 race between Betty Wells Brown and David Hensley, until November.