Election confusion means nobody on poll for mayor in Wilson County city :: WRAL.com


— Elections in lots of space cities are set for Nov. 5, however within the Wilson County city of Lucama, nobody is on the poll for mayor.

Confusion over when the mayor’s time period ended meant nobody filed to run for the workplace in July.

Mayor Jed Simpson was elected two years in the past after the previous mayor resigned for well being causes. He campaigned laborious believing he can be serving till 2021.

“They did not inform us it was for 2 years, that he was ending a time period,” City Commissioner Patricia Uzzell mentioned Friday.

Simpson resigned final week as a result of he is shifting outdoors the city limits, and Uzzell was named interim mayor.

Now, she has lower than a month to construct a write-in marketing campaign.

“It put me in a pickle, most undoubtedly, for me to have two weeks to launch a marketing campaign,” she mentioned.

Early voting within the race begins Oct. 16.

Lucama Mayor Patricia Uzzell

Up to now, she has no challenger – other than folks misspelling her identify after they fill within the clean on the poll.

“My identify is U-Z-Z – z as in zebra – E as in Earl, with two Ls,” she mentioned.

Her pledge to the 1,100 or so native residents is to maintain the great vibes going. For many years, Lucama needed to take care of foul water from too much iron, however lastly, she mentioned, it is clearing up.

“After two years on the board, we’re shifting ahead. We’re getting our water fixed. Our persons are beginning to smile once more, coming collectively once more,” she mentioned. “These are the best residents on this planet.”

Eric Allen, who owns a barbershop in Lucama, mentioned he thinks Uzzell will carry some buzz to city.

“We’d like folks in right here who see this city rising as an alternative of staying stagnant like it’s,” Allen mentioned.

Whoever will get essentially the most write-in votes within the election will likely be mayor, with a time period that lasts till 2023.