Murphy Wins Kinston Mayor's Race

B.J. Murphy is the new mayor in the city of Kinston, the first Republican elected to that office in more than 130 years.

Murphy beat out Democrat Jimmy Cousins and Independent Earl Harper to take the city's top spot.

Current mayor Buddy Ritch decided not to run for another term.

Unofficial returns show Murphy with 1,337 votes, Harper with 1,276 and Cousins with 903.


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  • by Wanda Location: Kinston Family Network on Nov 5, 2009 at 10:36 PM
    It appears that the citizens of Kinston were ready for remarkable change so they went to the polls and the majority voted for the candidate whom they felt would be the right person to do the job...Regardless of party affiliation, let's now ALL come together to welcome BJ to office...of course, while holding him accountable for EVERYTHING he promised during his campaign that he plans to do...Join the Kinston Family Network on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=214708330649&ref=ts to join our national initiative to stay connected, share resources and provide support to Kinston as it continues to improve!...AND WE HAVE FAITH THAT IT WILL!!!!!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Nov 4, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    BOO! HOO! HOO! Lavon cry me a tune.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 4, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    Hey, Hey, Hey I see the "obama clone" Lavon is sharing his great wisdom with us this evening, thanks Lavon. Keep that job, work hard, be a good boy and pay those obama taxes.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2009 at 11:57 AM
    YEAH REPUBLICANS!!! SMART PEOPLE ARE REPUBLICANS. THAT IS WHY THE DEMOCRATS HAVE AN ASS REPRESENTING THEM!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
  • by Courtney Location: Kinston on Nov 4, 2009 at 07:02 AM
    I voted for BJ Murphy and I am SO glad that he won i think that his standards and values will be good for Kinston. He has lived here his entire life and has a personal stake it the town. And EVELYN i doubt that anyone knows about suffering and human conditions more then he, his own mother was murdered in Kinston A long time ago. Don't believe me you should look into it. He will be great for Kinston and congratulations to him and his family.
  • by lm Location: nc on Nov 4, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    Lavon - Are you saying that those that did vote in this election were not real voters? If no one voted, then who elected the new mayor? Aliens??
  • by EVELYN Location: WV on Nov 4, 2009 at 05:39 AM
    ENOUGH OF THE TALK! WALK THE WALK! IT doesn't matter what political party you are from, it only matters what you will do to better the lives of all the people who are suffering every day basic human needs and fears of being robbed and kill in their own homes and town! THESE issuses are not political or racial, but simply ,an american human condition!
  • by anonymous Location: kinston on Nov 4, 2009 at 04:50 AM
    maybe murphy will do some good we will see but in the eight years I have lived here kinston has NOT grown in fact people are leaving why because there are three main families that I have heard about since day one that rule this town. you want a new shell building well how about doing something with all these empty bldgs first and sorry to say there is no downtown just two blocks on heritage street and dont give me grief about all american city. I know people say if you dont like it move ,greenville ,goldsboro and new bern are all GROWING come on BJ help us do the same
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Nov 4, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    No one even votes during these don't matter elections so whats your point. The real voters will come out in 2012 and whip up on you again.....
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2009 at 02:26 AM
    Yeah! GO REPUBLICAN'S! Back to values, morals, good choices and the AMERICAN WAY!!! Out with the high spending, bad choices, and people who want a socialist way of life!!! BYE BIG SPENDERS. Now, lets sweep out the rest of the DIRT.
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