PENDER COUNTY – For many it was just a Primary Election but for three others it was their General Election, as Chris Millis, Brad George and Karen Rouse were each elected by a majority of voters to represent them both in the NC House and Pender Board of Education.
In the race for NC House in District 16, the seat being vacated by Representative Carolyn Justice this year Millis beat out fellow Republicans Time Thomas and Jeff Howell.
Because no democrat filled to run this year Millis will automatically win the seat after the November General Election.
Millis finished with 3,404 or 69.6-percent of the votes Tuesday night followed by Tim Thomas with 809 or 16.5-percent of the vote. Jeff Howell finished last with 672 or 13.7-percent of the vote.
In Onslow County Millis also won with 851 votes or 50.7-percent followed by Thomas with 660 votes or 39.3-percent and Howell with 165 votes or 9.8-percent
“I was humbled by the experience,” said Millis minutes after all the precincts had reported. “It is now time to stop the old campaign talk and get into reality.”
Since he does not have an opponent in the November General Election, Millis said he will spend his time preparing for the job.
“I see this as an opportunity to go ahead and get engaged with the General Assembly and to listen so I can be effective from Day 1,” he said. “I look forward to spending time in Raleigh.”
In the race for Pender Board of Education, where the Primary Election serves as the General Election, four candidates were vying for two seats in two separate districts.
In District 5, Hampstead, George narrowly won the race with 4,105 or 50.6-percent of the vote. Incumbent Gonzales received 3,973 or 49-percent of the vote. There were also 30 write-in votes.
“I am happy. I am happy for the students, teachers and parents of Pender County,” said George. “I want to thank everyone for their support.”
In District 3, Rocky Point, Rouse was reelected with 5,451 or 64-percent of the vote. Lewis received 3,026 or 35.5-percent of the vote. There were also 31 write-in candidates.
“I am very excited to serve an additional four years and to be apart of the system moving forward,” said Rouse. “I would like to thank everyone who supported me and that includes my family, this just means a lot.”
The results of Tuesday night’s Primary Election will not become official until after canvassing when the provisional votes are counted next Tuesday.