Up & Coming Weekly

March 10, 2020

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8 UCW MARCH 11-17, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Upset victories are not unusual in local elections. is month's prima- ries resulted in an outcome few ob- servers anticipated. Longtime State Rep. Elmer Floyd, D-Cumberland, was defeated by political newcomer Kimberly Hardy, an instructor at Fayetteville State University. Floyd has represented Cumberland County House District 43 for 12 years. Before getting involved in local politics, Floyd was director of Fayetteville's Human Relations Department. Hardy came to Fayetteville four years ago to accept a post as an assistant profes- sor of social work at Fayetteville State. Hardy will face former Republican Cumberland County Commissioner Diane Wheatley in the November general election. Wheatley defeated Clarence W. Goins Jr. She has also served on the Cumberland County Board of Education. e realigned 43rd legislative district covers all of Cumberland County east of the Cape Fear River, the Linden area and pre- cincts in eastern, central and south- ern Fayetteville. In the local 44th House District race, incumbent Rep. Billy Richard- son, D-Cumberland, won his primary election bid, defeating Terry Johnson with 52% of the vote. Under recent redistricting, the 44th District covers much of central Fayetteville and the west side to the Hoke County line. Francis Jackson won the Demo- cratic nomination in the 45th District and will face incumbent John Szoka, R-Cumberland, in November. Jackson is a professor at Fayetteville Technical Community College and a 25-year resident of Hope Mills. e only one of Cumberland Coun- ty's 10 District Court judges up for election this year, Lou Olivera, won his reelection bid with nearly 64% of the votes cast. Olivera has served on the bench since 2012 and beat local attorney Brenee Orozco. Olivera is unopposed in November. Olivera is the only combat military veteran in Cumberland County's district court system. Former state legislator Cal Cun- ningham won Cumberland County in the statewide U.S. Senate Demo- cratic primary, beating four other candidates. He faces first-term Senator om Tillis, R-NC, on Nov. 3. Incumbent Cumberland County commissioners. Michael Boose and Jimmy Keefe won the Republican primary for the three District 2 seats up for elec- tion this year. Ron Ross won the third spot. ey will face County Commission Chairman Marshall Faircloth and Democrats Karla Icaza De Austin and Toni Stewart in the general election. District 2 covers the eastern and southwestern sections of Cumberland County and is the so-called majority residential district. District 1 was created as a mostly minority district with two seats. e other two positions on the county board are elected at large. Sixty-four-and-a-half percent of North Carolina's eligible voters went to the polls. at is 13th best of the 50 states. e highest voter turnout was in the state of Minnesota, where 74.10% of eligible residents voted in the presidential election. e state with the next highest voter turnout was New Hampshire, where over 71% of the eligible population showed up at the polls. Maine and Colorado were also at the top of the list for highest voter turnout. When it comes to the lowest voter turnout, Hawaii ranked last with a turnout of just 42.3%. Primary election results by JEFF THOMPSON NEWS There were some unexpected results in this year's primary election. Deprecia's School of dance (910) 500-3053 dsodstudio.com dsodstudios@gmail.com 8175 Cliffdale Rd. Suite 113 Fayetteville NC, 28314 Dance into the New Year with Joy & Happiness Personal Injury Wrongful Death Rebecca Britton Business* Civil Litigation Foreclosures John Britton *MBA BrittonLawFirm.com 910-401-3356 Representation You Can Trust Photo credit: Scott Osborn

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