Bostic leads in commissioners’ Dem primary


ROCKINGHAM — Only one Democratic hopeful for the Richmond County Board of Commissioners won’t make it the ballot in November: Peggy Covington.

Covington, a former commissioner, received the fewest number of votes (1191) during Tuesday’s primary election.

The top vote getter was Tavares Bostic with 25.4 percent, followed by Rick Watkins (22 percent) and Commissioners Don Bryant (20.5 percent) and Herb Long (18.7 percent).

Bostic, who is taking a second shot at being elected, was the lone candidate at the Board of Elections office as the unofficial results came in.

“I think that the results that just came out are less of a testament to me and more of a testament to the people or Richmond County,” he said. “I think that they are ready for change — the numbers prove that — but it also says that we have a lot of work to do going into November.

“I think with the people of Richmond County behind us, with all of our hard work and consistency that they know I’m going to bring, November is going to be interesting, but I think they’re ready enough to go ahead and put me in that seat,” he added. “So I’m ready to work with some of the other county commissioners and get things done.”

Watkins, the other non-incumbent, said he was “very pleased that the citizens of Richmond County were kind enough to show their support at the polls today.”

“I’m humbled … and look forward to the General Election that will take place in November,” he said.

Both Bryant and Long said they “have a lot of work to do” before then.

“Seems like I’ve got my work cut out for me,” Bryant said.

Along with thanking the voters, he also gave kudos to Bostic and Watkins for their campaign efforts.

Long said the results went “pretty much” as expected.

“This is my first primary … primaries are great to have to (narrow down) the field,” he said. “I think we’ll see different results come November.”

There are four seats up for grabs on the county board, currently held by Republican Ben Moss, Long, Bryant and Commissioner Thad Ussery, who did not file for re-election.

They winners of Tuesday’s primary move on to face Moss and fellow Republican James Entwistle *

Mike Campbell, who was running unaffiliated, failed to collect the 1,202 signatures required to be included on the November ballot, according to the Board of Elections.

All votes are unofficial until canvassing on May 18.

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