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Elections director: Candidate wants out

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Board of Education member George Dellinger does not plan to serve another term even if voters choose him in next month’s election, Lincoln County Elections Director Bill Beam told the Times-News late Thursday.
Beam said Dellinger has notified the Board of Elections of his desire to withdraw from the race. However, Beam said the candidate’s name can’t be removed from the ballot at this point, because some absentee ballots have already been distributed to voters.
Dellinger, an Iron Station Republican serving his first term on the school board, had been seeking the new District 4 seat, but faced opposition from former board member Tony Jenkins, a Lincolnton Republican, for the nonpartisan seat.
Beam said the result of Dellinger’s decision to withdraw from the race depends on the outcome. If Jenkins gains more votes he will be the new board member. But if more voters cast ballots in support of the withdrawn candidate, Beam interprets state law as giving the school board the right to pick its seventh member.
Asked whether that decision would go to the current board or the board chosen in the new elections, Beam said he would need to check into the state rules to be certain.
Dellinger’s family had recently told the Times-News that he would not be able to participate in the newspaper’s candidate survey, citing health problems.

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