A tale of three different election contests with traditonal runoff elections:
Rocky Mount, NC, City Council Race Ward B. Lois Watkins v Tom Looney, Nov 2007.
The city of Rocky Mt NC held a runoff election for the Ward B City Council race because the Oct 9 election didn't produce a clear winner. The traditional runoff election, held Tuesday, Nov. 6 2007 ended up having a higher turnout than the October election.
Incumbent Lois Watkins trailed Tom Looney in the October election, but came back to nearly double her vote count in the runoff, easily defeating Looney.
The turnout for the Ward B Contest in October was 1,230 voters, and in increased to 1,678 votes in the November runoff. Many of the 1,678 votes were cast during no-excuse, one-stop voting.
Lois Watkins - African American Winner, beat Tom Looney by 320 votes in the runoff election.
raised $13,000 for her campaign,
votes received on Oct 9 - 565
votes received on Nov 6 - 999
difference increase - 434
Tom Looney, Caucasian
votes received on Oct 9 - 577
votes received on Nov 6 - 679
difference increase - 102
Election summary - ward 4
Total Oct 9 turnout - 1,230 votes
Total Nov 6 runoff - 1,678 votes
Difference increase - 448 votes
Grassroots activism is what elected Lois Watkins, not money, not anything else, just strong interest by the electorate.
Durham North Carolina Mayoral Contest, Nov 2005. William Bill Bell v Jonathan Alston
(Both candidates are African American).
Turnout was higher in the November election and while both candidates increased their vote tally, Mayor Bell was re-elected with 85% of the vote.
"Meeker Re-Elected Raleigh Mayor; Road, Housing Bonds Pass" Oct 12, 2005 ...Instead, incumbent William V. Bell will face Jonathan Alston in the general election on Nov. 11 and go for his third term in office.
The current elected City Council of Rocky Mount consists of 4 African Americans, 3 Caucasians and the Mayor who is Caucasian.
OFFICAL CANVASSVOTE FOR 1
NON-PARTISAN MUNICIPALSUMMARY REPORT
CITY OF DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
OCTOBER 11, 2005
WILLIAM V. "BILL" BELL . . . . . . 11,333 88.00
VINCENT BROWN . . . . . . . . . WITHDREW
JACQUELINE D. WAGSTAFF . . . . . . 567 4.40
JONATHAN ALSTON . . . . . . . . . . 787 6.11
NON-PARTISAN MUNICIPAL ELECTION
DURHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
NOVEMBER 8, 2005
DURHAM CITY MAYOR JONATHAN ALSTON . . . . . . . . 3,007 14.06
WILLIAM V. BILL BELL. . . . . . . 18,171 84.98
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205 .96
Rocky Mount, NC City Council Ward 1, Andre Knight vs Kelvin Barnhill in 2003
Both candidates are African American.
Municipal races stir rumors August 20, 2006... Six candidates filed to run for Ward 1 in 2003, and Knight said he expects several people will run again in 2007. Knight said he will run for re-election in the ward. And Kelvin Barnhill, who lost to Knight in a runoff in 2003, said he may enter next year's race.
Demographics of Rocky Mount, North Carolina: As of the census of 2000: The racial makeup of the city was 40.92% White, 56.02% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.85% of the population.
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