Lavin's, Archuleta's election night leads hold, victories become official Friday

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Sean Lavin, who was leading the race for the Northern Outside seat on the Pasquotank Board of Commissioners on election night, maintained that lead following the counting of provisional and absentee ballots. His victory in the race will become official after today's canvass by the Pasquotank Board of Elections.


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Friday, November 16, 2018

Sean Lavin and George Archuleta will win their respective races for Pasquotank commissioner and Elizabeth City-Pasquotank school board member that they led on election night.

The Pasquotank County Board of Elections concluded its count of provisional and absentee ballots on Thursday, confirming the election-night results that had Lavin defeating incumbent Commissioner Joe Winslow for the Northern Outside seat on the Pasquotank Board of Commissioners, and Archuleta edging fellow challenger Ron Payne for one of two Outside City seats on the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education.

Pasquotank County Elections Director Kelli Price said the elections board accepted 93 provisional ballots and rejected 82 others. The board also accepted and counted 53 absentee ballots.

The results will not be official until today’s canvass by the Board of Elections, but the final unofficial tally in the Northern Outside commissioner race shows Lavin with 1,717 votes or 51.22 percent to Winslow’s 1,635 votes or 48.78 percent.

Lavin led Winslow by 86 votes election night, finishing with 1,707 votes to Winslow’s 1,621. Winslow trimmed that margin to only 82 following the counting of provisional and absentee ballots.

Lavin also garnered eight write-in votes for school board in the Outside City race.

In the Outside City race for school board, Payne managed to trim Archuleta’s lead by only three votes after the counting of provisional and absentee ballots, losing by 18 votes.

On election day, Payne trailed Archuleta by 21 votes, collecting 5,329 to Archuleta’s 5,350. Both candidates picked up provisional and absentee votes. However, Archuleta still finished ahead, collecting 5,400 votes or 28.03 percent to Payne’s 5,382 or 27.94 percent.

All other candidates increased their vote totals with the counting of the 146 provisional and absentee ballots.

Sharon Warden, an incumbent school board member who won re-election to her Outside City seat, added 87 votes to finish with 8,402 or 43.62 percent of the total.

Democrat Charles Jordan led the field of candidates for two at-large seats on the Board of Commissioners. Jordan collected 6,549 votes or 27.49 percent. Also elected to an at-large seat was Republican Barry Overman, with 6,388 votes or 26.81 percent.

Incumbent Democrat William Sterritt garnered 5,894 votes or 24.74 percent and Republican Josh Tunnell tallied 4,996 votes or 20.97 percent.

Sheriff-elect Tommy Wooten II, a Republican, has a final unofficial tally of 7,282 or 53.43 percent to Democrat Eddie Graham’s 6,347 votes or 46.57 percent — a margin of 935 votes. Wooten’s margin on election night was 975 votes.

The vote canvass will be today at 11 a.m.