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Calypso man wins two seats with write-ins

By Staff Reports
Published in News on November 5, 2009 1:46 PM

CALYPSO -- Alan Story received enough write-in votes in Tuesday's municipal election to serve either as mayor or on the town board.

Story, who could not be reached for comment prior to press time today, led the write-ins with 11 votes for mayor. Mayor Dick Lewis received nine.

A total of 21 write-in votes were cast for mayor.

No one had filed for the office.

Lewis, who did not seek re-election, said he has served for a number of years and had decided not to serve again.

All of the vote totals are unofficial until Nov. 10 when the canvass is held.

Story also received four of the 25 write-in votes cast for a seat on the town board.

Those were enough to win Story the fifth seat on the board of commissioners. Most of the other write-in candidates received just one or two votes, Duplin County Board of Elections Director Suzanne Southerland said.

JoAnne B. Wilson led the balloting for the board with 32 votes, followed by Larry Cashwell with 31, Rubylene Lambert with 30, and Diana Lewis.

The mayor and commissioners serve two-year terms.