By Thomas Grubb | Co-Editor
Last Tuesday, local and national elections were held, yielding some interesting results.
The new mayor of Kinston, Don Hardy, upset incumbent mayor B.J. Murphy in a close race.
Hardy has pledged to produce important policies and upgrades.
In the local elections, the Kinston city council race was very close, with Nathan Perry, an APA alumni, losing by just nine votes to Kristal Suggs and Robert A. Swinson, IV.
Will Connolly, an APA junior whose father has expressed interest in running for the Kinston city council, said, “We were all excited for Mr. Perry to win.”
Will also attended a viewing party for BJ Murphy, the other mayoral candidate (and current mayor), who lost to Hardy.
“It obviously wasn’t a great night for us politically, but we still all had fun,” Connolly said.
As for other elections around the country, the gubernatorial races for Virginia and New Jersey produced eye-catching results.
In Virginia, Ed Gillespie lost to Ralph Northam, continuing the Democratic hold on Virginia.
In New Jersey, however, following the end of Chris Christie’s time as governor, Phil Murphy will take over for the Democrats as governor, defeating Kim Guadagno.
Murphy’s win will mark the first time in eight years that New Jersey has had a Democratic governor.
Good luck to both new governors, as they probably won’t have an easy time in office due to the current turmoil in the country.
The national results could likely be accredited to the backlash from the election of President Trump.
In Pitt County, however, all of the favorites won.
Greenville elections yielded P.J. Connolly as the new mayor, and Brian Meyerhoeffer, Will Bell, Kandi D. Smith, Rick Smiley, and William Litchfield as the city council.
Hopefully all our new elected officials will have a prosperous time in office.