07/18/12 — Headen beats Pritchard

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Headen beats Pritchard

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on July 18, 2012 1:46 PM

Michael Headen will serve for a second term as District 1's city councilman after collecting a lopsided victory over challenger Kyle Pritchard in Tuesday's election.

Headen received 199 votes to Pritchard's 87 to allow him to remain on the council, which he said will mean he will continue his work to improve his district.

"I'm certainly looking at doing more work in my district as far as street paving, sidewalk remodeling and just some of the other issues," Headen said this morning.

Chief among those, he said, is crime.

Headen said he'll work to empower after school programs and community centers in his district like Timothy Whitfield's TRANZ Center in an effort to curb violence in the city.

He said he felt voters in his district were supportive of the things he had accomplished and wanted him to continue his work, which he said will also include promoting downtown

"I'm just ready to get back to work again and do what's best for the citizens of District 1, Wayne County and Goldsboro," he said. "I'm very happy to get a second term."

His opponent offered praise of Headen's accomplishments on the council.

"He has a lot of things in motion that he wanted to finish," he said. "I'm glad the people spoke and the people got what they wanted."

Pritchard said he would continue to remain involved in the community, especially in his work with the city's travel and tourism division.