Dan Burke and Steve Bennett outside the Cape Charles UMC polling place Tuesday afternoon. (Wave photo)

Cape Charles Wave

November 6, 2012

Cape Charles Town Council candidate Steve Bennett was narrowly defeated for re-election in May, but he got a second chance in November — and this time his victory margin was huge.

The final total showed 355 votes for Bennett and 215 for newcomer Dan Burke.

Bennett more than doubled the 146 votes he received in May. Percentage-wise, his win was even bigger, with 62 percent of the vote. In May he received 18 percent of the vote.

Cape Charles has about 700 registered voters, of whom close to 70 percent turned out for today’s Presidential election.

Contrast that with last May, when little more than half as many voters came to the polls.

Today is believed to be the first time Cape Charles has held a town council election concurrent with a Presidential election.

The reason was the passing of councilman-elect Don Clarke in May. Today’s council election was to fill Clarke’s unexpired term.

Following Clarke’s passing, Town Council members chose Larry Veber to serve until a special election could be held.

Veber initially filed to run in the special election along with Bennett and Burke, but dropped out in mid-September.

In other local election results, Northampton County voters endorsed by a nearly 4 to 1 margin a proposal to elect members of the county school board rather than their being appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. [Read more…]

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