Challenger Tyre’ L. Holloway eked out a five-vote win over incumbent Thomas D. White for the second and final seat on the Dobbins Heights Town Council.
The Richmond County Board of Elections certified the Oct. 8 results on Tuesday after members met to verify four provisional ballots.Only one of the four ballots were approved by board members.
Incumbent Angeline K. David was identified on election night as the leading vote-getter, with 66 votes, and earned another four-year term. The contest between Holloway and White, however, was too close to call. Holloway finished with 35 votes while White garnered 30 votes.
“I’m ready to start serving this community,” Holloway said. “My goal is to help enable the community to become a great community.”
Holloway’s real passion is in parks and recreation. He is hoping to get that up and running because he believes it will be a benefit to the community.
“It will be hard work, but well worth it,” said Holloway, 34, who works in the parts department at the Champion Ford Lincoln Mercury dealership in Rockingham.
A total of 76 residents, or a mere 12.5 percent, cast their vote among 606 registered voters.
Dobbins Heights is the only town in Richmond County that follows the run-off election method. A run-off is possible if two or more candidates fail to earn at least a majority or if they come within one percent of the other’s votes. The number previously thought to be the majority by the Board of Elections was 38.
Connie Kelly, director of elections, said Tuesday that this number was incorrect.
“In determining the majority the board considers all the completed ballots that are counted,” Kelly said. “In our previous majority number we also included the undervotes which should not have been considered when determining that number. The majority number became 32 once taking the undervotes out.”
An undervote is a ballot that has voted less than the allocated number of votes it could have placed, such as voting for only one town council member instead of voting for two different candidates, Kelly said. These votes are still counted, but they are not included when calculating the majority number.
Holloway was identified as the winner, and a run-off was avoided, after correcting the majority number.