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Dixon thanks voters, Lavin following victory

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Pasquotank Commissioner Jeff Dixon (left), a candidate for re-election to at-large commissioner, greets voter Michael Large as Large was on his way to vote at River Road Middle School on Tuesday.

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By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Pasquotank County Commissioner Jeff Dixon thanked county voters Wednesday for re-electing him to another four-year term, and said he’s encouraged his opponent, Sean Lavin, to consider running again for office some day.

Unofficial election results from Tuesday show Dixon, a Democrat, won with 64 percent of the vote to Lavin’s 36 percent. 

Dixon said he offered his appreciation to all the voters who re-elected him, and said he was surprised at his margin of victory. He said his purpose as commissioner has been and will continue to be making the county a better place to live. He ran on his record as both a commissioner and businessman, he said, and argued the county has been run well in the years he’s been in office.

Dixon also said Lavin visited him Wednesday morning to congratulate him. He thanked Lavin for never making the race “ugly,” and said he encouraged the challenger to consider running again in four years. Notably, Dixon has said this next term, which will be his fourth, will be his last.

Lavin said Wednesday that “obviously this was a different outcome than what I hoped for,” but said he felt he did well for a first-time, relatively unknown candidate. He said voters offered him encouragement, and many said they felt he had laid some ground work for a future run.

Will he run again? Maybe, he said, “but I need to get a few days past this election” before making any decisions. Lavin, an unaffiliated voter and production supervisor at TCOM, ran pledging fresh perspective on how to better plan county spending and provide more support to Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools.

Also re-elected without opposition Tuesday were Commissioners Lloyd Griffin III, a Democrat, and Frankie Meads, a Republican.

Tuesday’s race also delivered a change to the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education, as educator Shelia Williams ousted incumbent school board member Harvey Beasley. Williams won about 61 percent of the vote to Beasley’s 38 percent, with the remainder going to write-in candidates.

Williams, who directs the teacher education partnership program at Elizabeth City State University, said Wednesday she was happy about her victory and feels she won because voters believed she’ll work to help the school district and its students.

“I think that people saw how genuine I am about being on the board to share my experiences – and working with a team to improve ... the schools,” she said.

Williams, who will be sworn in as a school board member in early December, said she’s looking forward to getting started. She plans to attend some of the school board's upcoming meetings and wants to meet with Superintendent Larry Cartner and other district officials.

Beasley couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

Staff Writer William F. West contributed to this report.

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