Second primary requested

Published 9:32 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Arthur Williams has requested a second primary to determine the Republican candidate to take on Democrat Paul Tine in the race for the 6th District seat in the N.C. House of Representatives.

Williams submitted his request to the N.C. State Board of Elections on Monday. He had until noon Thursday to file his request. The second primary is scheduled for July 17.

Williams, a Washington resident and former state House representative from the 6th District, finished second to Mattie Lawson, a Dare County resident, in the May 8 GOP primary. Because Lawson did not receive 40 percent or more of the votes, Williams had the option of seeking a second primary. The decision to grant his request is up to the State Board of Elections.

“I believe the voters will see for themselves the vast differences between my conservative record as a 35-year Republican and Arthur’s liberal record as a 45-year Democrat and as a tax-and-spend legislator,” Lawson wrote in an email to the Daily News. “I have no wealthy special interests and paid lobbyists to please. I plan to be hands-on every day between now and the second primary date, working and listening to the people in the district. Hard work and solid conservative ideas will win this election.”

Attempts to reach Williams on Tuesday evening were not immediately successful.

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, the State Board of Elections’ website showed Lawson with 2,677 (37.32 percent) votes in the primary, followed by Williams with 2,585 votes 36.04 percent), a difference of 92 votes. Coming in third in the three-way primary race was Jeremy Adams, also a Dare County resident, with 1,911 votes (26.64 percent).

Williams was the top vote-getter in Washington and Hyde counties (each entirely within the district) and the part of Beaufort County in the district. Lawson was the top-voter getter in Dare County.

Williams tallied 1,768 votes in Beaufort County, 504 votes in Dare County, 93 votes in Hyde County and 220 votes in Washington County.

Lawson collected 1,405 votes in Dare County, 1,054 votes in Beaufort County, 162 votes in Washington County and 56 votes in Hyde County.

Adams picked up 1,060 votes in Beaufort County, 689 votes in Dare County, 100 votes in Washington County and 62 votes in Hyde County.

Adams would not be a party to the second primary.

Only those voters who requested a Republican ballot with the GOP primary for the 6th District seat in the state House or Republican voters and unaffiliated voters who did not vote in the first primary are eligible to vote in the second GOP primary, according to elections officials.

Greg Dority, who finished second in the GOP primary to determine who will face incumbent Beth Wood, a Democrat, this fall in the race for state auditor, had not called for a second primary as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the State Board of Elections’ website. Dority has that option.

Debra Goldman collected 34.35 percent of the vote in the May 8 primary, with Dority next with 23.82 percent of the vote.

Last week, Dority said he likely would seek a second primary.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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