New mayor: ‘I think they call that a landslide’

Last updated: November 05. 2013 10:26PM - 3772 Views

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The mayoral race in Ellerbe was more of a one-horse event as Lee Berry picked up more than seven times the number of votes as the next closest of the four candidates.

Berry earned 175 votes. Bennett Hawks tallied 23, followed by Robert C. Hough (12) and Lee Freeman (eight).

“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I think I was the most qualified (and) most experienced when it comes to business,” said The Berry Patch owner. “I was kind of shocked to beat everybody by that much.”

Berry said that’s what voters in Ellerbe called “a landslide” victory.

There were six candidates for three seats on the town council. Incumbents Brenda Chambers and Evon Craven were ousted. Incumbent Archie Robinson led vote-getters with 136, followed by newcomer Jean C. Fletcher (122) and Corey Brewington (117). Chambers garnered 80 voters, Craven 44 and Barbara Moten 38.

The race for mayor in Hoffman was closer, but not by much. Tommy Hart garnered 67 votes to only 19 for Lee P. Butler.

The town, with five open council seats and only four candidates on the ballot, was a bit more predictable. Althea Sloan Cobb was the top vote-getter with 69, followed closely by Daniel Kelly (67), Rory K. Jones (61) and Riccardo Anderson (55). With 50 votes, write-in candidate Cynthia Northcutt earned the fifth and final seat on the council. The next-closest votes received by a write-in candidate was Shannon English with nine.



Lee Berry 175

Lee Freeman 8

Bennett Hawks 23

Robert C. Hough 12

Council (top 3)

Corey Brewington 117

Brenda Chambers (i) 80

Evon Craven (i) 44

Jean C. Fletcher 122

Barbara Moton 38

Archie Robinson 136

Council (1)

James “Buddy” Cooper (i) 98

Elsie Freeman 39

Jeremy McKenzie 70

* incumbent





Lee P. Butler 19

Tommy Hart 67

Council (top 5)

Riccardo Anderson 55

Althea Sloan Cobb 69

Rory K. Jones 61

Daniel Kelly 67

write-in 63

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