Costly Kinston Primary

A $20,000 election for only 1,745 voters in Kinston? For some, those numbers don't add up.

The city of Kinston held its Democratic primary Tuesday. Two city council seats and an open spot for the mayoral race were on the ballot. But It's an election the city of Kinston didn't want to have. A decision made by the Department of Justice forced the Lenoir County Board of Elections to hurry up and make the primary possible.

Up until August 17th, city officials were under the impression there wouldn't be partisan elections after a vote by the people to do away with them. But the U.S. Justice Department overruled the people's vote amid claims that minorities couldn't get a fair shake.

Here are the election results. Jimmy Cousins with 932 votes wins the Democratic nomination for the mayoral race. He will face Republican B.J Murphy and Unaffiliated nominee Earl Harper this November.

Bobby Merritt and incumbent Robert Swinson take the two Democratic city council seats.


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  • by kinston on Sep 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    What happened to rule by the majority? It's going the same way as all the rest of our freedoms are going with the 'Messiah' in office.
  • by confused on Sep 17, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    The "minority" gets more than their fair shake. I'm suppose to a majority and have less money, food, old cars, a house built in 1920 and am taxed into the poor house, never get a refund but people whom don't even pay taxes do.cant get medicad medicare have o pay my own bills. so who is getting their unfair share?
  • by jerry Location: kinston on Sep 16, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    i arrived here a little more than eight years ago and on my first ride down queen street I thought to myself this has got to be the most religious city I have ever seen with just about every store front a church(I am not trashing the religous community believe me) aaand I wondered what kind of city is thisa lot of heavy industrial companies contributing good tax dollars and seemed like a good city that could grow (WRONG) an all american city? like the slogan says "we're on our way" ok to were? the voting yesterday proves that we are on our way to where?
  • by Bill Location: winterville on Sep 16, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    Once again the poor minorities felt disciminated against. Their feelings cost the taxpayers. Give us all a break.
  • by Wayne on Sep 16, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    Almost $11.50 a VOTE
  • by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    "Just a good ol' boy...never meanin' no harm". Looks like business as usual in Can'tston. Thank you, Mr. Harvey.
  • by Dave on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:19 PM
    That's the so called All American City for you. Kinston is a bigger dump than Grimesland, Farmville, and Ayden.
  • by Matt Location: NC on Sep 15, 2009 at 09:32 PM
    Good luck Mr. Murphy!
  • by Voter Location: Washington on Sep 15, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    So what I am reading is a democratic government which is supposed to be run by what the people want overrode what the people wanted in the name of equality? We're sinking fast.
  • by man on Sep 15, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    I would hate for the majority of the people to choose who they want to serve them. That would be sad.
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