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Runoff vote officially set for Ward 7

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Rocky Mount Councilwoman Chris Miller

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Results remain unchanged Tuesday after a canvass of votes in Rocky Mount's municipal election last week.

Lennie Breedlove, candidate for Ward 7 on the City Council, has asked for a runoff since incumbent Councilwoman Chris Miller fell just shy of the needed 50 percent of the total vote.

Miller, in her fourth term, captured 49.90 percent, or 259 votes.

Breedlove had 42.20 percent, or 219 votes. Marty Cauley had 7.71 percent or 40 votes.

There was one write-in vote, according to official 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.

Miller and Breedlove said they would be back out in the community over the next few weeks, campaigning door-to-door and making phone calls.

In Ward 6, incumbent Councilman W.B. Bullock won against Clark Covolo with 736 votes or 70.23 percent to 310 votes or 29.58 percent. There were two write-in votes.

Councilmen Reuben Blackwell and Lamont Wiggins, representing Wards 2 and 3, were victorious in uncontested elections. The wards are divided between Nash and Edgecombe counties. On the Nash side, Blackwell received 81.08 percent or 30 votes and on the Edgecombe side he received 98.78 percent or 81 votes. In Nash County, write-in ballots accounted for 18.92 percent or seven votes and there was one write-in vote on the Edgecombe side.

Councilman Lamont Wiggins captured 100 percent of the vote with 69 total ballots cast in both counties.

Early voting in the Ward 7 runoff opens Thursday and runs through Nov. 4 in room 109 of the Nash County Board of Elections Office at 1006 Eastern Ave. in Nashville.

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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