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Amanda Moss Richmond County Daily Journal



Amanda Moss | Richmond County Daily JournalBoard of Elections Chairman A.B. Brown, right, Carlton Hawkins, left, and Ernie Walters, center review over the city election results for Richmond County.
Amanda Moss | Richmond County Daily JournalBoard of Elections Chairman A.B. Brown, right, Carlton Hawkins, left, and Ernie Walters, center review over the city election results for Richmond County.
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Rockingham’s election results are in and the people have decided to stick with the same group of city officials.


In the race for mayor, Steven Morris was re-elected when he received 650 votes. Challenger David Browder trailed behind with 212 votes.


“It’s a good day,” Morris said. “It feels great, but it’s also a very humbling experience.”


Morris spent much of his day outside the Leath Memorial Library by City Hall.


“I’ve been there since 6:30 this morning,” Morris said. “But I think it’s important because you want people to come out and vote and you also want to show them that you do care as an elected official.”


The three council seats were taken all by incumbents Travis Billingsley with 615 votes, Denise Sullivan (606) and Gene Willard (606). Challenger Teressa Beavers was behind by 200 votes with a total of 402.


As there is a dead heat for the second and third-place vote-getters, the nine outstanding provisional ballots will decide who, between Sullivan and Willard, wins the four-year term and who wins the two-year term.


“I’m on cloud nine,” Billingsley said. “I really am ecstatic not only for the results, but also because we had a fair turn out at the polls. I feel honored and privileged to be selected to work for the citizens of Rockingham again.”


Mayor


David Browder 212


M. Steven Morris (i) 650


Council (top 3)


Teressa Victoria Beavers 402


Travis Billingsley (i) 615


Denise Sullivan (i) 606


Gene Willard (i) 606


* incumbent


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