Voters in several municipalities in Eastern Carolina cast their ballots Tuesday.
With all precincts reporting, Sabrina Bengel leads the New Bern mayoral race followed by Dana Outlaw. Bengel received 30.47% of the vote, while Outlaw received 26.52% of the vote, which means a runoff election is most likely in the works.
With all precincts reporting in the New Bern Alderman Ward 1 race, Dallas Blackiston won a victory over Alfred Barfield and Tony Bonnici.
With all precincts reporting in the New Bern Alderman Ward 2 race, Victor Taylor leads Micah Grimes. Taylor received 376 for 53.49% of the vote while Grimes received 326 for 46.37% of the vote. A write-in candidate got one vote.
With all precincts reporting in the New Bern Alderman Ward 3 race, Pat Schaible secured a decisive win over competitor Susan Namowicz.
With all precincts reporting in the New Bern Alderman Ward 4 race, Johnny Kinsey pulled far ahead of his competitors for the win.
With all precincts reporting in the New Bern Alderman Ward 5 race, Bernard White secured a win over two competitors.
With all precincts reporting in the New Bern Alderman Ward 6 race, Ashley Smith has secured a win over Jeffrey Odham and Barry Evans.
Incumbent Mayor Trace Cooper beat his challenger in the Atlantic Beach mayoral race. He secured 361 votes to Paul Woodard's 208 votes.
The top five candidates in the Atlantic Beach Commissioner race, in order, were Danny Navey, John Rivers, Ann Batt, Harry Archer and Rick Poillon. There were eight candidates. Voters could cast their ballots for five. Rounding out the eight were Tom Johnson, John Wilson Hopkins and Mel Hoard.
See full results from Carteret, Craven, Edgecombe, Nash and Pasquotank counties at the links below.
Voters in six Eastern Carolina municipalities head to the polls today to elect new local leaders.
In New Bern, seven people are on the ballot for mayor. Dale Simmons, Sr., dropped out of the race, but his name is still on the ballot. Incumbent Lee Bettis, who was arrested this summer on DWI charges, is not running for a second term. Among those running are two current aldermen. Residents are also electing six aldermen.
In Atlantic Beach, the current mayor is facing a challenger today, while eight people are vying for 5 town commissioner seats.
In Rocky Mount has one city council seat being contested. Dortches voters will select a mayor and town commissioners, but those races are uncontested.
In Sharpsburg, the mayor and two commissioner seats are contested.
In Elizabeth City the mayor and eight council seats are up for grabs.
Polls were open until 7:30 p.m.
Other municipalities have their local elections on November 5th.