Ahoskie incumbents return to office

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 10, 2005

AHOSKIE – Voters in Ahoskie are apparently pleased with the town’s current leadership.

During Tuesday’s municipal election, all three incumbent Town Council members as well as the Mayor were given votes of confidence by their constituents as each will return to office.

Two of the four races in Ahoskie were challenged.

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In the most hotly contested of those races, longtime Councilman O.S. “Buck” Suiter Jr. earned another four-year term in office as he edged challenger Carl “C.R.” Askew.

With the results still unofficial, Suiter, the at-large member of the Council, used a big edge in the Ahoskie I precinct to defeat his challenger, 208-163.

In Ahoskie I, Suiter wound-up securing enough votes (175) to win. He added 25 votes to his total in Ahoskie II and was named on six ballots in Ahoskie III. Suiter was also named on two absentee ballots.

Meanwhile, Askew received 44 votes in Ahoskie I, was named on 17 ballots in Ahoskie II and 98 in Ahoskie III. He added four absentee votes to his overall total.

Incumbent Ward A Councilman Malcolm Copeland had a much easier time in his race against challenger Tommy Hurdle. Copeland, who scored 148 votes in Ahoskie I, secured another four-year term with a 152-42 victory.

Ronald Gatling, the incumbent Councilman representing Ward B, was unopposed. He tallied a total of 128 votes, 99 of which came in Ahoskie III.

Incumbent Mayor Linda Blackburn also ran without opposition. She received a total of 333 votes. That breakdown is as follows n Ahoskie I: 199 votes; Ahoskie II: 41 votes; and Ahoskie III: 86 votes. Blackburn was also named on seven absentee ballots.

All votes are unofficial until next week’s canvass by the Hertford County Board of Elections.