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Heading into Friday’s canvass of the November 7 municipal election results, the 240 write-in votes cast in the Scotland Neck Town Board race were not enough to oust one of the incumbents.

Halifax County Board of Elections Director Kristin Scott said there were 114 write-in votes cast for Forrest “Big John” Bradley and 112 cast for Felicia Phillips. The remaining write-ins were cast for miscellaneous individuals.

The 240 write-ins cast equaled the number that the top vote-getter — incumbent Charlie Shields — received.

Incumbent James Gunnels received 237 votes and incumbent Raymond Watson received 213.

The canvass will be held at 11 a.m. in the board of commissioners room at the Historic Courthouse in Halifax.


In the Littleton Town Board race incumbent Jim Skilton received 22 of 29 write-in votes. Skilton had not filed for re-election, Scott said.

Ophelia Gould-Faison finished the evening with 56 votes while Lynn Moseley collected 40.


Scott said it does not appear that a recount called for by Enfield incumbent Commissioner Bud A. Whitaker will alter the outcome of that race in which he lost to challenger Angela Williams Harper by a 79-77 margin.

The board of elections has called for a discretionary recount during Friday’s canvass because of the margin but it is unlikely the results will change.