OK, Selma...you asked for it. You are going to get it. Most people in Selma are unaware that the mayor is not a decision maker in Selma as much as the town council members are. The mayor can not make motions, second motions, but can vote. That means that he can not bring his own agenda to the table without a motion from one of the council members. He is not an administrator, since we have a town manager and town clerk. If you really think that Charles Hester is going to get his agenda of lowering utility bills, health care for all citizens, and total beautification through, you are mistaken. If he does get some of his agenda through, it will be at your expense as a tax payer. If you are a renter, your utility costs and rent will reflect it all eventually.
Here is some info in the paper and on web sites about the election results.
Selma Elects New Mayor - Selma Mayor Harry Blackley was upset by challenger Charles Hester, who won a court appeal to have his name placed on the ballot. Hester received 62 percent of the vote total to Blackley's 38 percent. Both incumbent Selma town council members, Debbie Edwards Johnson and Jackie Lacy, won. Lacy carried 38 percent of the vote total, Johnson 37 percent. Tommy Holmes and Troy Laplante finished a distant third and fourth with 13 and 12 percent of the vote total respectively.
WRAL's web site They spelled my name incorrectly.
"The Selma News" article My name is spelled wrong in this article, too.
"The Smithfield Herald" article Look for a complete article in Friday's paper. They spelled my name correctly.
"The Kenly News". The numbers change somewhat depending upon what source you read. Again, my name is spelled incorrectly. Since it is the same company as "The Selma News", no surprise.
The N&O chart of results. My name was spelled incorrectly here, too.
Over 677 voters turned out for this municipal election. The N&O shows 677 total votes for mayor, so I know it is more than that since I know some people did NOT vote for mayor but only for town council.