Local Politics

Chavonne, White to vie for Fayetteville mayor

Posted October 6, 2009 7:16 p.m. EDT
Updated October 6, 2009 11:29 p.m. EDT

— A retired soldier will face Mayor Tony Chavonne next month to determine who will lead Fayetteville for the next four years.

Chavonne, who easily won in 2005, took two-thirds of the vote in Tuesday's primary, followed by businessman Bob White with 15 percent, according to unofficial results.

Ronnie Lee Peele, Charles Ragan and Eronomy Muhammed Smith each finished with less than 10 percent of the vote in the five-man primary.

Chavonne campaigned on the growth Fayetteville has seen during his four years in office, saying there's still plenty of work to do with tens of thousands of people expected in the Fort Bragg region in the coming years because of base realignment.

White said his military experience would help with the Fort Bragg-related growth, and he said more than two dozen major issues face Fayetteville, from better transportation for seniors to ensuring a good water supply.

In City Council races, three incumbents also advanced to the general election on Nov. 3.

Councilman D.J. Haire will face Ron Harrison in District 4, while Councilman Bill Crisp will go against Wade Fowler in District 6. In District 2, the opponent for Councilman Charles Evans hasn't been determined, with 16 votes separating Kady Ann Davy and David Soles.

Evans said his opponents waged a tough battle.

"(It was) a little bit close," he said. "But what it shows is that there's still a great number of people that have confidence in me. What I have to is step up to the plate and convince those others that I'm the man."