Fann takes high-profile clerk’s race

Last man standing


It began as a field with nine candidates between the two parties, on Tuesday night it ended with a lone victor in the Sampson County Clerk of Superior Court race.

Republican Chris Fann defeated Tammy Grady, a 17-year member of the clerk’s office and the Democratic choice, by 1,660 votes to take over the office vacated by Norman Wayne Naylor who stepped down in January of last year.

Mr. Naylor’s retirements was the igniting spark in a campaign that at one point featured nine different candidates between the two parties.

In May, Mr. Fann and runner-up Chris Driver bested challengers Barbara Moore and Mr. Naylor’s chosen successor, Dwight Williams, in the GOP Primary.

Mr. Fann then defeated Mr. Driver in a June runoff for the nomination after the two men finished less than 2 percentage points apart in the primary ballot count.

Ms. Grady had a slightly easier time staving off primary challenges from Jerry Bradshaw and Brent Baggett.

However, Tuesday’s contest belonged to Mr. Fann. He collected 54.31 percent (10,448) of the vote compared to Ms. Grady’s 45.69 percent (8,788).

The top law enforcement officer in Sampson County retained his office for another four-year term as incumbent GOP Sheriff Jimmy Thornton defeated Democratic challenger and former Deputy Freddie Butler.

Sheriff Thornton collected a landslide victory collecting 63.13 percent (12,157) to Mr. Butler’s 36.87 percent (7,101).

In the race for North Carolina State Senate District 10 seat, incumbent Brent Jackson safely held on to his place in Raleigh topping Democratic challenger Vernon R. Moore.

Overall, Mr. Jackson collected 59.26 percent of the vote across the district (22,281) compared to Mr. Moore’s district-wide total of 40.24 percent (15,001).

In Sampson County Mr. Jackson held another decisive edge mustering 61.79 percent (11,870) to Mr. Moore’s 38.21 percent (7,340).

Clark Wooten kept his seat on the Sampson County Board of Commissioners District 1. He did not face a Democratic opponent.


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