Blackville election sees few voters, new member chosen

Blackville Town Council will have a new member after an election day that saw a small number of voters come to the polls.

Fred Orr, a write-in candidate, received 97 votes and will become the newest council member. A total of 151 ballots were cast out of a possible 1,576 in Blackville's three precincts.

Orr, a former math teacher at Blackville-Hilda High School, decided to run for council after it was announced that Councilman Russ Reed would not seek re-election. He has said he will focus on job creation and will support the development of affordable, safe housing in the community.

Current council members Steve Jowers and Allen Harrison ran for re-election and received 103 and 105 votes respectively. They both will retain their council seats.

There were three seats up for grabs in the election, and only Jowers and Harrison filed to be on the ballot. Orr filed as a write-in candidate after the initial filing closed.