Former Mount Olive Commissioner Kenny Talton is set to become the next mayor of Mount Olive after unofficial vote totals showed he won the seat with 357 votes compared to Mayor Joe Scott’s 237 and Jesse “Jack” Faison’s 136.
More than 30 minutes after the polls closed — surrounded by family and employees of the town — Scott receieved the phone call with the breakdown detailing the numbers in his defeat.
With a smile, Scott stated “I can still hold my head high because I did all that I could and we have done some good work over the years. I just want to thank everyone who voted for me and who has supported me. It is greatly appreciated.”
Talton could not be reached for comment.
The final vote tally will be declared official in a canvass on Friday.
The canvass takes place in Wayne County at the Board of Elections office in Goldsboro beginning at 11 a.m.
In the race for the District 1 seat, incumbent Commissioner Vicky Darden claimed 87 votes over challenger Andrade Olliver who finished with 64.
Steve Wiggins, who ran unopposed to keep his at-large seat, secured 588 votes, with 29 others going to write-in candidates.
Harlie Carmichael, Barbara Ross Kornegay and Dennis Draper, who also ran unopposed to keep their ward seats, claimed new terms with 139, 161 and 160 votes, respectively.
Talton and the incumbents will be sworn in at the 7 p.m. Dec. 2 regular monthly meeting of the board at town hall.