Incumbents move on following Durham, Fayetteville mayoral primaries

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Incumbent mayors in both Durham and Fayetteville will move on to face challengers in November municipal elections.

Durham Mayor Bill Bell has received 87 percent of the vote through 9:45 p.m.

James Lyons holds the second most votes at seven percent.

“I think voters are ready for a change. I think voters are tired of the same old politics,” Lyons said.

Lyons said he will focus his campaign on Durham’s youth.

“Everything about my campaign is focus on our youth,” he said.

Lyons knows he faces a large challenge in battling Bell to be mayor.

“We’re still going to challenge him. We’re going to fight him to the very end,” Lyons said.

More than 13,000 voters cast ballots in Durham, that is a seven percent of voters.

Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson came away with 53 percent of the vote and will face challenger Val Applewhite in November.

“You can look at our records and see what my opponent has done and take a look at what I’ve done over the past two years. We’ve built bridges, we’ve been non-divisive,” Robertson said.

Applewhite finished with 45 percent of the vote.

A third challenger, Edward Donovan, finished with two percent of the Fayetteville vote.

There was a very low voter turnout in Cumberland County with just 8,200 ballots cast out of 118,000 registered voters.

In Dunn, incumbent mayor Oscar Harris was reelected with 84 percent of the vote.

Chuck Allen was elected mayor of Goldsboro Tuesday and incumbent David W. Combs was elected mayor of Rocky Mount.

Eddie Ellington was elected mayor of Henderson with 50 percent of the vote.

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