ELECTIONS: Morehead, AB See Turnover; Beaufort Keeps Incumbents

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Both Morehead City and Atlantic Beach saw turnover on their town councils after today’s off-year election

In Atlantic Beach, seven candidates ran for five town council seats. Voters elected M.J. Forrest over incumbent Mayor Pro-Tem Richard Porter Jr. Incumbents Rich Johnson, Austin Waters, Danny Navey and Harry Archer kept their seats.

Longtime Atlantic Beach Mayor Trace Cooper ran unopposed.

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In Morehead City, five candidates ran for three town council seats. Voters brought back David Horton, who previously served on the council, and retained incumbents Bill Taylor and Diane Warrender – though Warrender was nearly upset by Dennis Goodwin who trailed by seven votes. Horton will replace two-term Council Member Harvey Walker who was unsuccessful in his bid for re-election.

In Beaufort, current town commissioners Sharon Harker, Marianna Hollinshed and John Hagle were re-elected by comfortable margins.

Only one local amendment was on the ballot this year; 70 percent of Cape Carteret voters rejected a proposed amendment to town charter that would have changed the town government from the current Council-Manager form to a Mayor-Council form.

Voter turnout was up more than two percent over 2017 and 2015 totals. Exactly 4,600 Carteret County voters – 19.64 percent – came out to the polls to elect mayors, commissioners and council members for 11 municipal governments.

Recent midterm elections have seen turnout floating around the 50 percent mark, and the 2016 presidential election saw a 72 percent turnout.

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Results for all Carteret Municipal Elections

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ATLANTIC BEACH MAYOR (1)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 1
A.B. (Trace) Cooper III38698.22%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)71.78%
ATLANTIC BEACH TOWN COUNCIL (5)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 1
Rich Johnson30116.14%
Austin Waters30016.09%
Danny Navey28915.50%
M.J. Forrest26314.10%
Harry Archer26214.05%
Richard Warren Porter, Jr.23612.65%
Joseph (Joey) Starling20811.15%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)60.32%
BEAUFORT MAYOR (1)
Precincts Reported: 3 of 3
Everette S. (Rett) Newton51096.05%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)213.95%
BEAUFORT COMMISSIONER (3)
Precincts Reported: 3 of 3
Sharon Harker48730.82%
Marianna Hollinshed38324.24%
John Hagle36723.23%
Heather Poling20012.66%
Kenneth W. Humphrey1368.61%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)70.44%
BOGUE MAYOR (1)
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
Robert O’Chat6298.41%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)11.59%
BOGUE COUNCIL MEMBER (3)
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
Albert Taylor5736.08%
Herbert F. Page5534.81%
Richard W. Dougherty4528.48%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)10.63%
CAPE CARTERET MAYOR (1)
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
Will Baker26550.09%
Charlie Evans26449.91%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)00.00%
CAPE CARTERET COMMISSIONER (3)
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
Jeff Waters40930.12%
Don Miller37427.54%
Jim Nalitz34225.18%
Patricia Ruddiman22816.79%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)50.37%
CEDAR POINT MAYOR (1)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 1
Scott Hatsell24596.08%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)103.92%
CEDAR POINT COMMISSIONER (2)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 1
Gary Alan Bray16932.38%
Frankie Winberry15629.89%
Paul Garavaglia9618.39%
Joshua Reilly8416.09%
Neil A. Foose, Jr.132.49%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)40.77%
EMERALD ISLE COMMISSIONER (3)
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
Steve Finch56724.86%
Floyd Messer, Jr.56524.77%
Jim Normile52523.02%
Pat Lister38817.01%
Jordan Madorsky1245.44%
Joe Flowers1014.43%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)110.48%
INDIAN BEACH COMMISSIONER (2)
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
Elizabeth (Dale) Williford5945.04%
Victor E. Heinrich3627.48%
Peter J. Wylie3627.48%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)00.00%
MOREHEAD CITY COUNCIL MEMBER (3)
Precincts Reported: 6 of 6
David Horton64823.74%
William (Bill) Taylor54119.82%
Diane Warrender52019.05%
Dennis M. Goodwin51318.79%
Harvey Walker47517.40%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)331.21%
NEWPORT COUNCIL MEMBER (3)
Precincts Reported: 3 of 3
Danny Fornes13934.41%
David M. Heath13032.18%
Chuck Shinn12430.69%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)112.72%
PELETIER MAYOR (1)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 1
Dale Sowers3680.00%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)920.00%
PELETIER COMMISSIONER (2)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 1
Walter G. Krause3960.00%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)2640.00%
PINE KNOLL SHORES MAYOR (1)
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
Ken Jones23143.58%
Robert J. Cox17432.83%
Margaret (Peggy) Young12523.58%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)00.00%
PINE KNOLL SHORES COMMISSIONER (2)
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
Clark Edwards41952.44%
Ted Goetzinger34042.55%
Write-In (Miscellaneous)405.01%
CAPE CARTERET CHARTER AMENDMENT
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
No36570.19%
Yes15529.81%