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Miller, Breedlove head to runoff

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Rocky Mount Councilwoman Chris Miller, left, and Lennie Breedlove will square off in a runoff election for the Ward 7 City Council seat.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The fight for Ward 7 will continue.

A runoff election is needed to settle who will represent Ward 7 on the Rocky Mount City Council.

Four-term incumbent Chris Miller captured 257 votes, or 49.61 percent. Lennie Breedlove had 219 votes, or 42.28 percent. Marty Cauley had 40 votes, or 7.72 percent. There were two write-in votes, according to unofficial results provided by the Nash County Board of Elections. The nonpartisan race was a three-way contest between Miller, a Democrat, Breedlove, a Republican, and Cauley, an independent.

In this type of election, state law allows for a runoff election if the winner doesn't receive a majority, which is 50 percent plus one vote.

Breedlove said he will more than likely ask for the runoff.

“It would be a shame to go this far and not see it all the way through,” Breedlove said.

The results were bittersweet for Miller. She said she hoped to avoid a runoff, but it is what it is.

“I don't have time to rewalk the whole ward, but I hope to catch anyone I missed,” Miller said.

Miller has gone door-to-door in every election even when she ran unopposed.

Breedlove said he is concerned about the low voter turnout — less than 10 percent.

“I don't know if it's apathy or whether most people think elections take place in November,” Breedlove said.

Miller, 71, is an accountant with a master's degree in accounting and business administration. She's married with two adult children and four grandchildren

Breedlove, 58, is a real estate appraiser and chairman of the Nash County Planning Board. He holds a bachelor's degree in business and finance. He's married with four children and three grandchildren.

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