Write-in winners emerge from blank Tar Heel ballots


TAR HEEL, NC (WWAY) — Usually elections are about who is on the ballot, but in the Bladen County town of Tar Heel, yesterday’s election was about who was not on it. No one filed to run for mayor or three open town council seats. The lack of candidates led to write-in campaigns.

Bladen County Elections Director Cynthia Shaw says Roy Dew got 27 of the 46 votes cast for mayor. Phil Allen got the other 19.

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In the town council race, voters wrote in a total of ten names. Sam Allen (33), Angela Hall (30) and Amy Knight Davis (24) finished in the top three Shaw said.

Now the Board of Elections must make sure the winners actually live in Tar Heel’s town limits. The winners must also be willing to accept the position.

“Just because they got the most votes doesn’t mean they have to do it,” Shaw said.

Shaw says the verification will be part of the Board of Elections official canvass of the votes Tuesday at 11 a.m. If any of the winners turns out not to be eligible to hold office or does not want it, Shaw says it’s up to the town to figure out how to fill the seats.

“We have conducted the election,” Shaw said. “We have done our part. It’s a done deal.”