Wells wins re-election to Nash board


Nash County Commissioner Mary Wells thanks supporters following her win Tuesday at the Country Inn & Suites in Rocky Mount.


Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

An incumbent Democrat retained her seat on the Nash County Board of Commissioners.

Mary Wells, 82, will stay on as the representative of District 6 on the board after she defeated Republican challenger Bruce Berry in Tuesday’s midterm election. Wells earned 3,372 votes or 61.5 percent of the votes, while Berry collected 2,107 votes or 38.4 percent of the votes.

Wells was appreciative of Berry for running a solid campaign and was grateful for the voters to continue to have faith in her in representating District 6 in Nash County.

“I want to thank Bruce for running a clean campaign — he is a top-notch person,” Wells said. “We’re going to work together to help move the county forward. There were a lot of people telling me not too worry, but you never know how things can turn out. I’m just very excited about the results.”

Wells said during her campaign that she has developed wonderful working relationships with members of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, city’s Human Relations Commission and various business-professional groups. She knows it’s important to bridge the gap between the county’s largest town, Rocky Mount, and the county itself.

“Rocky Mount is our biggest city in Nash County, and there has been some division between the city and the county,” Wells said. “We need to fix that and work together better.”

Berry, 49, came up short in his bid for the District 6 seat in his first run for political office. As the owner of landscape contracting company in Nash County, Berry ran on a platform of being a job creator, a problem solver and a budget balancer. Berry couldn’t be reached for comment by presstime.

District 6 runs through downtown Rocky Mount to Wesleyan Boulevard at N.C. 97, along the Tar River reaching out to Michael Scott Drive, turning west at Lakeview Farm Lane to Winstead Avenue, north to Thomas A. Betts Parkway then east to parts of Goldrock Road. The district has 9,855 total registered voters, 5,600 Democrats, 2,259 Republicans, 1,961 unaffiliated and 32 Libertarians.

All vote tallies provided by the State Board of Elections are unofficial until next week’s canvass.