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Embattled Princeville mayor loses re-election bid

Posted November 5, 2013

Princeville Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates
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— Three months after she was indicted on embezzlement charges, Princeville Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates lost her bid Tuesday for a third term.

Bobbie Jones, an assistant principal at Baskerville Elementary School in Rocky Mount, defeated Everette-Oates by a 67-16 percent margin, according to unofficial results. Milton Bullock, a member of the music group The Platters, finished third with 13 percent of the vote, while Theresa Williams had 4 percent.

Everette-Oates was indicted on 17 counts of embezzlement by a public official. She was accused of racking up $5,634 in unauthorized charges on a town credit card between August 2010 and January 2012.

"I want to say to everybody that Mayor Oates never committed a crime," she said during a Town Council meeting in August. "I am innocent."

The state took over the town finances in the summer of 2012. At the time, Princeville was 9 percent over budget and was in danger of defaulting on a loan.

State auditors soon launched an investigation and accused Everette-Oates of charging $8,115 to a town credit card without any receipts to back up the spending. Charges included $1,255 to Madison Steak and Seafood and $222 to Bed Bath & Beyond.

She and her attorney Malvern King accused the state's Local Government Commission of conspiring with local officials to oust her.

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  • Dr Sanchez Nov 6, 2013

    "How in the world did she get 16 percent of the votes? Must be one large family. ============================================================ ===

    Straight line democrat voting." -Stymiedagain

    How do you do that when the ballot is just one question (MAYOR: Vote for 1) and 4 names with nothing else but a bubble to fill in?

  • nonemeant Nov 6, 2013

    Speaking of yourself in the third person is never a good sign.

  • becauseisaidso Nov 6, 2013

    In 128 years the town of Princeville has never, not even for one minute been self sufficient! What a joke.

  • stymieindurham Nov 6, 2013

    How in the world did she get 16 percent of the votes? Must be one large family.
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    Straight line democrat voting.

  • r u crazy too Nov 6, 2013

    There's just something wrong with folks who refer to themselves using the third person.

  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 6, 2013

    How in the world did she get 16 percent of the votes? Must be one large family.