Jeffrey Odham defeats Toussaint Summers to become New Bern mayor

Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 8:21 PM EDT
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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - Jeffrey Odham has defeated Toussaint Summers in the New Bern runoff mayoral election.

Odham defeated Summers by a vote count of 3,183 to 2,974 (51.7% to 48.3%).

“Just now knowing that this aspect is over, it’s time to come together and just bring the city together and move forward. I’m going to rest well tonight. But the fact that we were just putting ideas out there, things that the community could grasp onto and hopefully see some of those things to fruition, is exactly what our goal would be as a new administration at this point,” Odham said.

Odham called for the runoff back in May after losing the election to Summers who was New Bern’s former police chief. Odham lost by four votes.

In the July 26 runoff election, Odham was leading the race after early voting results came in, which he did not win in May.

“I’m so proud of my team, so proud if the campaign that we ran. It was a very positive campaign. We ran it with respect and dignity, and I wouldn’t change anything. This was a grassroot campaign, and I’m sure that these people that have backed me are going to stay involved in our government,” said Summers.

City spokesperson Colleen Roberts says Odham will take office in September.

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