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Runoff: It's Bengel vs. Outlaw in New Bern mayoral race

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:29:11 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 08 2013 11:26:52 PM CDT
NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

It was a close race for the New Bern mayor seat Tuesday night, so close that a runoff election will determine the winner.

The candidates with the most votes are Alderman Sabrina Bengel (1,650 votes, 30.47 percent) and Alderman Dana E. Outlaw (1,436 votes, 26.52 percent). The winner will be decided in a runoff election on Nov. 5.

"We made a good showing," Outlaw said at his watch party at The Stingray Cafe in New Bern.

"I challenge my challenger to talk about the issues," he said.

"We are going to talk about the issues," Bengel said at her party at The Chelsea in New Bern.

"My record speaks loud and clear, and I'm ready to put that record on the line to the voters," Bengel said.

Below are the complete numbers for the Tuesday night elections.

New Bern Mayor

CandidateVotesPercent
Sabrina Bengel1,65030.47%
Denny Bucher98218.13%
Barbara Lee98718.23%
Tharesa Chadwick Lee2935.41%
Dana E. Outlaw1,43626.52%
Mr. Dale E. Simmons, Sr.80.15%
Edwin Vargas530.98%
Write-in60.11%
Total5,415

New Bern Alderman Ward 1

Alfred (Popeye) Barfield26929.37%
Dallas Blackiston38041.48%
Tony Bonnici25928.28%
Write-in80.87%
Total916

New Bern Alderman Ward 2

Micah Grimes32646.37%
Victor J. Taylor37653.49%
Write-in10.14%
Total

703

New Bern Alderman Ward 3

Susan A. Namowicz36729.01%
Pat Schaible89670.83%
Write-in20.16%
Total

1,265

New Bern Alderman Ward 4

Johnnie Ray Kinsey42562.04%
Bee Mayo17625.69%
Robert (Chick) Natella7911.53%
Write-in50.73%
Total685

New Bern Alderman Ward 5

Sammy Dodd12724.66%
Jamara (Bay-Bay) Wallace10820.97%
Bernard W. White27453.20%
Write-in61.17%
Total515

New Bern Alderman Ward 6

Barry Evans28024.12%
Jeffrey Odham36931.78%
Ashley Smith50443.41%
Write-in80.69%
Total1,161