Election returns show Dana Outlaw has defeated fellow alderman Sabrina Bengel to win the mayor's race in New Bern.
The two faced off in a runoff election after neither won a majority in the October election.
The unofficial returns from the Craven County Board of Elections shows Outlaw with 2,763 votes (52%) while Bengel had 2,526 (48%) for a difference of 237 votes.
Outlaw told WITN Monday the most important issue to him is to make sure the city is run on a sound financial footing, that there are enough revenues for expenses and that employees won't have to worry about layoffs.
The mayor's seat was a tossup after incumbent Lee Bettis decided not to seek re-election.