Allen Thomas has defeated Pat Dunn to become the next mayor of Greenville.
Dunn was vying for her third term as mayor. This was Thomas' first run for office.
So what's first on his agenda?
"I think initially we're going to take a close look at city finances and see what we can do to make the city as healthy as possible for the long run going forward," Thomas tells WITN. "Also, crime is an issue in the city and I think we're going to continue to move forward, do what we can to improve safety. Quality of life for our citizens and job growth is a priority for me personally."
While Dunn talked about her many accomplishments, such as maintaining a balanced budget with no tax increase or reduction in services and the broad support she enjoyed from voters across the board, Thomas pegged his campaign on leadership and economic opportunities, saying "my pledge to you is to bring energy and commitment to move Greenville forward. I will work hard every day and be accessible to you. I will work along side our City Council, Manager and staff to see that Greenville has every opportunity to continue to grow economically, enhance our quality of life and build a strong, vibrant community. Together we can move Greenville forward for you and your family to prosper and grow."
Robert O'Neal came in third in the race.
Numbers from the Pitt County Board of Elections show Thomas with 4,323 votes, Dunn with 4,131, and O'Neal with 162.