Municipal Election Day 2009

It's Election Day 2009, and several cities and towns in Eastern Carolina have a reason to go to the polls.

In Kinston a voting machine problem in the morning is keeping polls at one precinct open past 7:30 p.m. Voters in Kinston precinct 4, which is at Northwest Elementary School, can vote until 8:15 p.m.

Many cities have municipal elections, including Greenville, where Mayor Pat Dunn is being challenged by Minnie Johnson-Anderson. New Bern has a mayoral runoff Tuesday, between incumbent Tom Bayliss and attorney Lee Bettis.

In Jacksonville, three council members who voted to fire the city manager are seeing competition, including from one former councilman who lost two years ago. Kinston will elect a new mayor Tuesday night as long time Mayor Buddy Ritch decided not to seek another term.

Many more towns have races for local leaders. A handful will have liquor by the drink referendums. Those include Bertie County, Newport in Carteret County, La Grange in Lenoir County, and Washington County.

Several towns have very little interest in the municipal elections. In fact, no one is on the ballot for mayor or town commissioner in the Wayne County town of Eureka. In the Martin County town of Jamesville, and in the Duplin County town of Calypso no one is running for mayor. Those races will be decided by write-in votes.

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  • by Robert Location: Washington on Nov 4, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    Lavon, at least Rufus ADMITTED he was an idiot. What's your excuse?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 4, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    Voter, I also caught that Palin has a new book that is already no 1 and hasn't even been available yet....hmmmmmm, Liberals like Lavon have to hate that after they called her airhead, idiot, incompetent...hmmmm, he just lost credibility (like he had any).
  • by voter Location: nc on Nov 3, 2009 at 07:03 PM
    snake; glenn beck has a new book called "arguing with idiots" think about that when responding to whatever a "lavon" is.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 3, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    Lavon, you know it to be Hillary, but, Hillary would have lost to McCain. The DNC knew this and it is available on the internet. Well Obama has more bushwoir and is a good speaker, like Jimmy Carter, thats normally good for election, but not re election.
  • by Old Guy Location: Kinston on Nov 3, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    The current problems the country is experiencing is not what the vast majority envisioned when casting their vote for Obama. There are a great many of us who voted for Obama that will not vote for him the next time around and it has nothing to do with color. I have voted for both parties ove the years, trying to pick the man I felt most qualified to lead this country. If McCain hadn't picked the air head for a running partner, America might have seen a different outcome. Should the Republicans field a decent pair of candidates, the next election will go the other way and most reasonable people understand that. The majority of Americans are hard working people who want to keep the money they earn, not give it away to those who seem to be allergic to hard work. Quit playing the race card on every topic that comes up for discussion. Hold on to it for the time it truly applies to an injustice, otherwise it is useless and is just a distractor.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Nov 3, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    Rufus- You feel like an idiot?? That explains everything. Case closed....
  • by RUFUS on Nov 3, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    My Apologies Moderator, Maybe I forgot to hit the Submit button. Now I feel like the Idiot. Sorry.
  • by Seth on Nov 3, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    If minnie anderson gets elected it will be worse than pat dunn. At least dunn understands that greenville will not be here unless for the university. Minnie mouse's campaign was ran on seperating the university and greenville...just what we need to do is seperate the sole revenue generator for the entire county.
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Nov 3, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    Rufus - I don't show any comments other comments submitted in the last three days from "Rufus" or from your IP address. I looked through all the blocked comments and did a search for your name & IP and found nothing. You may want to try to resubmit it.
  • by Rufus on Nov 3, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    I'm done with you guys, What could possible be wrong with my last Comment. You let People like Lavon spew his hatred toward us but yet don't give anyone an opportunity to respond. Please explain- If what I said was Wrong then please explain to me how so I won't make the same mistake again. I would like to comment but seems like you guys aren't consistent with what you let on here. What ever happened to freedom of speech. I didn't use any 4 letter words, I didn't call him out, I didn't call anyone any names. I'm really looking for an explanation here. I could probably say the same thing later on today and it would get posted, That's a problem. You need to be consistent.
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