Butler, Bennett reflect on re-election to R’boro’s town board

Lauren Williams Staff Writer

November 6, 2013

ROSEBORO — In Tuesday’s municipal race, a total of 180 Roseboro residents cast their ballots at the polls for two open seats on the town’s board. With unofficial results in from the Sampson County Board of Election, incumbents Alice Butler and Anthony Bennett will return to fill those seats at the town board table.

Up against four challengers — Cary Holland, Steven Heath, Barry C. Templin, and Laura Nicole Owen Gray — both incumbents quashed the competition. Butler earned the most votes with 150, followed by Bennett who received 111 votes. Like all votes, these are unofficial until the Board Election holds its canvas next Tuesday, Nov. 12.

“It was great to see so many citizens turn out to vote in the election,” shared Butler Wednesday morning. “I appreciate all the support and I am looking forward to serving the Roseboro citizens for the next four years alongside of Anthony Bennett and the other commissioners and mayor.”

Prior to the voters visiting the polls Tuesday and re-electing her as a town commissioner, Butler noted that one of her top priorities is to make sure that Roseboro is promoted “as a great place to live, work, shop and play.”

“When I ride through other small towns, I realize just how much Roseboro has to offer. We are so fortunate to have everything you need,” she remarked, listing everything from restaurants, schools, and churches to parks, banks, and a variety of businesses and services. “But our best asset is our people.”

And some of those people are the ones that keep the town running, she said.

“Roseboro is blessed with a strong team of personnel in the clerk’s office, public works, fire, and safety departments. Our goal is to make Roseboro the best town possible,” Butler said, adding that as the town continues to move forward “I encourage the citizens to attend the town STEPS and Main Street meetings to help in the decision-making process.”

Fellow re-elected incumbent Anthony Bennett shared Wednesday afternoon that he was “warmed” by the citizens of Roseboro who turned out and voted.

“I’m glad that we’re able to keep our board intact. We’ve got a lot of work to do and it’s good that we get to complete it as a group,” he said when asked about the election results. “When you’re in the middle of something, you want to be able to keep going and accomplish what was started.”

During the week prior to Tuesday’s election, Bennett noted that one of his main goals for the town is to “continue the growth of Roseboro and not just downtown but in Roseboro in general.”

“I have a lot of confidence in the people we’re working with, both directly within the office and outside in the town,” Bennett added Wednesday. “To the voters, I thank them for giving me a chance to serve another four years. There are great things to come.”

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