Elks Secures Nomination For Pitt County Sheriff

By: Carly Swain
By: Carly Swain

In a pre-election day twist, one Pitt County candidate for sheriff pulled his name out of the running though it still appeared on the ballots.

Current Sheriff and Democratic candidate Neil Elks was up for re-election against challenger Paul McLawhorn.

McLawhorn bowed out of the race on March 11th.

McLawhorn's name still appeared on the primary ballot, which kept Elks out on the campaign trail through election day.

Elks took 8,671 of the votes at 87% while McLawhorn took 1,251 or nearly 13% of the votes.

"It's always on your mind," said Elks. "Being in the position, and an elected position, you are always worried about the turnout and what's on people's minds."

McLawhorn did not offer an official comment on his decision to pull out of the race. However, he told WITN with two years left until retirement, there is no reason he would truly want the position of sheriff even on the chance he swept the election.

On his official Facebook page, Sheriff Elks wrote in part, "I am very humbled to have received the outpouring of support during this election... I'm looking forward to even bigger and better ways to serve."

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