Alderman to take over Belhaven mayor’s seat

Published 8:55 pm Tuesday, November 7, 2017

BELHAVEN — Ricky Credle was elected as Belhaven’s next mayor Tuesday and will follow Mayor Adam O’Neal, who did not seek a seventh term.

Credle received a total of 170 votes, according to preliminary results from the Beaufort County Board of Education.

Credle said his main goal is to use the mayor’s seat to bring the community together.

“It’s not about me. It’s about the town. It’s about the people. It’s about everybody coming together,” he said. “I’m just one person. … I just want everybody to come together.”

Belhaven voters were charged with selecting a new mayor from five candidates: Credle, Greg Satterthwaite (134 votes), Elola T. Moore (12 votes), Arthur Bonner (18 votes) and Edith C. Guy (133 votes).

Voters also elected two Board of Aldermen members — Ricky Radcliffe for the East End district and Jay Wilkins for the West End district. Wilkins ran unopposed.

Current Alderman Yvonne DeRuiz filed for re-election in the East End district but withdrew before her name could be removed from the ballot. Although she declined to run for re-election, she still received 76 votes. Radcliffe received 382 votes and Wilkins received 406 votes, according to the preliminary results.

Mary F. Cox was the sole candidate to fill the unexpired East End seat, left vacant after Dr. Charles O. Boyette passed away in March 2016. Steve Carawan was appointed to Boyette’s East End seat until this year’s election.

Cox grossed 413 votes, according to the Board of Elections, and her term will end in 2019.

Credle, Radcliffe, Wilkins and Cox will all be sworn in at the Dec. 11 Board of Aldermen meeting, after the votes are verified by the Board of Elections. Belhaven’s mayor serves two-year terms, and the aldermen serve four-year terms.

The vote totals are unofficial until the Nov. 17 canvassing by the Beaufort County Board of Elections.