Neil Elks Reacts To Tuesday Night's Win In Pitt County

The day after his big win, Neil Elks says it's still a dream and that he can't believe he won the Democratic primary for Pitt County's sheriff.

"I feel like I'm in a daze and I still don't believe it's true," Elks told WITN. "But when reality sets in, we're very excited and we know we've accomplished a lot."

Elks beat incumbent Mac Manning by a margin of 54% to 46%.

Going into Tuesday, the retired sheriff's captain felt confident in winning, but he wasn't 100% sure.

Barring an unaffiliated candidate filling for November's general election, Elks will take office in December. He says he want to first crack down on crime in Pitt County and build back the public's trust in the sheriff's department.

Earlier this year a former lieutenant was convicted of tipping off the subject of a drug investigation. Michelle Pollard also had her certification called into question after allegations surfaced that she was seen smoking marijuana and entered a wet tee-shirt contest.

"I feel like over the years there's always been a doubt in peoples' minds whether some things were handled right in the department," says Elks. "I want the public to feel sure that their sheriff is going to be handling the concerns of their community."

Elks says he's not too concerned about someone running against him as an unaffiliated candidate in November. 'I've heard no talk about that, I don't know who would be running. I'm not really worried about that," Elks told us.

Pitt County elections director Dave Davis says for an unaffiliated candidate to get on November's ballot, they must submit a petition with the signatures of 4110 registered voters by noon on June 25th. That represents 4% of the registered voters in Pitt County.

Davis says the last time that happened was in 2006 for a county commissioner's seat. The elections director says unaffiliated candidates do not have to change their current party affiliation.

Davis says there is also a write-in option. In that case, for someone to become a qualified write-in candidate, the Board of Elections must receive a petition of 100 registered voters by noon on August 4th.

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Challenger Neil Elks edged out incumbent Mac Manning in the Democratic primary for Pitt County Sheriff.

Elks captured 54% of the vote while Manning took 46% of the vote.

There is no Republican running for the sheriff's seat.

Elections results are not official until they are certified by the North Carolina Board of Elections.

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  • by Jon Location: Greenville on May 8, 2010 at 02:32 PM
    To Tom: Refer to S's comment below. This should clear it up for you ....AGAIN. In other words the FAT LADY HAS SUNG! The Party (election) is OVER!
  • by S Location: ENC on May 8, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    Tom: My friend,you need to learn the election laws...I was chairman of an election board, I know what I am talking about... In the spring,each party,Dem and Republican,have a primary to determine which individual will represent their party...the highest votegetter wins ONLY the right to face the winner of the other party's primary in the general election in November...Since there has not been a candidate who filed for the Republican nomination for Sheriff,then Mr. Elks wins the Sheriff's job automatically by winning the Democratic primary...however,he will not take office until December....hope this clears it up for you..THE ELECTION FOR SHERIFF OF PITT COUNTY IS OVER!
  • by lisa Location: greenville on May 7, 2010 at 05:30 PM
    To Justice, I just wanted to say after reading so many comments, yours was very well said, thank you!!
  • by UNK on May 7, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    "Change we can believe in..." Have we not learned from this famous political slogan? CHANGE that is promised is not always what is delivered! Hope this change-common sense policing-is what all of you voted for! Is this a type of Community Oriented Policing? I doubt any Criminal Justice professors teach this...
  • by Former Mac Supporter Location: Eastern NC on May 6, 2010 at 11:11 PM
    At this point I would rather have a "good ole boy" running our county than what we have had for the last few years. I would like to see many areas of this county cleaned up and safe to go to at night (even in the late night hours), I would like to be able to go to an ATM anywhere in this county without looking over my shoulder and hoping that I don't get mugged or worse... I even would like to see a sheriff that sits at his so called "fishing hole" but gets in his car and goes to the scene of the crime with a shotgun in hand... I would like to see a lot of things that the previous PCSO hasn't provided, so far...
  • by Tom on May 6, 2010 at 07:33 PM
    Sorry "Jon", you are just wrong. An election will be held in November. The winner of that election will be sheriff. Elks won a primary in which the electorate is vastly less diverse than the electorate in the general election. Hang tight young lady, just learn as we go.
  • by Melissa Location: Greenville on May 6, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    To John (May5 10:51) I will take a "good ole country boy" any day over a so called "educated" snake in the grass. Common sense and integrity trumps a college degree any day. Congrats Mr Elks I know you will make us proud. W elook forward to having a sheriffs office we can be proud of once again.
  • by Alot to learn Location: Pitt County on May 6, 2010 at 06:42 PM
    Manning did an excellent job moving the agency forward. I think he will go down in history in a voters mind as known either for the Pollard issues or for creating a professional advanced department. He will be a success wherever he goes. When Elks takes office we will see if his 'vision' and platform really have substance. He ran on the Pollard issue which will have nothing to do with him running the office day to day. Time will tell. He too will have strenghths and weaknesses. I too agree that this should not be a partisan race. I find its contradictory that a top law enforcement top official is a democrat, lol.
  • by Outsider Location: Eastern NC on May 6, 2010 at 03:11 PM
    I wonder how much the new Sheriff will actually change in the way things run. I'm betting he will finally learn that there is a lot more to running a whole dept vs being in charge of a shift and patroling the roads. Someone needs to document all the crime statistics in Pitt County now so that in 4 years you can look back and see if anything has improved. If I was a betting man, I'd bet that you won't see much change. It's time to do away with political parties and let the people be able to vote for whomever they choose. Stop all this democrat/republican crap and put in the best 'American' for the job. That's partly why I registered as unaffiliated. So I have a wider choice of how to vote. Dont press 1 for English-just speak it! Good luck job hunting Mr. Manning. Wish we could afford to have you in our town. Maybe in 4 years the people will realize and put you back where you are needed. But who would blame you for not wanting to go back.
  • by Jon Location: Greenville on May 6, 2010 at 02:56 PM
    Tom- Please see Election Educated's post. When one is elected to Sheriff the buck stops with them. Rather than pointing fingers at everyone else maybe he should have taken responsibility for his decisions/actions or lack there of. The people of Pitt Co. have spoken and YOUR man LOST. PERIOD....which means the election is over and we have a new Sheriff so move on.

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