Orange County Primary Election Results


By Michelle Cassell
Managing Editor 

Orange County Board of Education Runoff

Three seats were available for the Orange County Board of Education. The voting in the primary was not related to political party. According to the NC State Board of Elections, the three leading candidates with 17 of 17 precincts reporting were Carrie Doyle, Wendy Padilla, and Jennifer Moore. Doyle and Moore are incumbents. All three are registered Democrats.

Orange County Elections Director Rachel Raper told TLR, “School board candidates have to receive at least 50% of the total votes cast to be elected, which in this race was at least 6,563 votes for each of the three winners. Moore received 6.497 votes before the counting of pending and absentee ballots on March 14”.  The official results were released today, March 15.  Moore has not received the required votes, finishing with 6,528. Candidate Bonnie Hauser has asked for a runoff. 

The runoff between Moore and Hauser will take place on May 14, along with statewide Republican runoffs for state treasurer and lieutenant governor. All Orange County residents who are registered to vote will be eligible to vote in the runoff between Moore and Hauser, but only registered Republicans will be eligible to vote in the Republican runoff.

TLR will continue to follow this race and provide updates from both candidates before early voting in the runoff.

Michelle Cassell is a seasoned reporter who has covered everything from crime to hurricanes and local politics to human interest over the course of 35 years. As managing editor, she hopes to encourage writers of a wide range of backgrounds and interests in TLR’s coverage of Southern Orange County news. 

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