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Final November Burlington city council ballot set after primary outcome whittles eligible candidates from 8 to 4

Burlington voters have selected the top four city council candidates who will square off for two seats on the city council on November 7.

Final, unofficial election results were posted by the Alamance County Board of Elections at about 9:36 p.m.

Leading the voting was Dejuana Bigelow with 1,075 votes; incumbent councilman Bob Ward with 730; planning board member Charlie Beasley with 543; and former councilman Celo Faucette with 530.

Eliminated from further competition this year were Brandy Whittaker who placed fifth with 370 votes; Robin S. Wintringham with 312 votes; Cindy Lackey with 144; and Mary Jensen with 45.

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Bigelow ran stronger than she did in her first outing in 2021.  She placed second in the October primary that year, but fell short in November behind former mayor Ronnie Wall and former city manager Harold Owen who went on to win four-year terms in November.

Also on the ballot in November will be incumbent mayor Jim Butler and challenger Beth Kennett.

Burlington is the only local municipality that has a primary for any municipal races.  When more than two people per available position file to run for an office, a primary is held in October to narrow the number down to two per position.  So the voters’ assignment on Tuesday will be to pick the top four of eight available candidates who will be on the November ballot, from whom two will ultimately be elected to the city council.

The high number of candidates is probably attributable to the decision of long-time council member Kathy Hykes not to seek re-election.

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