Six incumbents and one newcomer were the top voter-getters in primaries for seats on the Fayetteville City Council.
These include incumbents Kathy Jensen, Shakeyla Ingram, Antonio Jones, D.J. Haire, Larry Wright and Yvonne Kinston, along with newcomer Derrick Thompson, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections on Tuesday night.
These candidates, along with the candidates who got the second-highest number of votes, will proceed to the general election on July 26.
Incumbent Jensen and challenger Alex Rodriguez are the unofficial winners of the primary.
Jensen received 47.15% of all votes cast, according to unofficial results. Rodriguez won 29.81%, and challenger William Milbourne II won 23.03%.
Jensen said that she was happy about the unofficial results. "I look forward to the July election and look forward to moving our city forward," she said.
Jensen and Rodriguez will proceed to the general election in July.
District 1 includes Ascot, King’s Grant, Kinwood, Longhill Pine, North Lake, St. Andrews, Woodcliff and parts of Fort Bragg.
Incumbent Ingram and challenger Tyrone Williams are the unofficial winners of the District 2 primary.
Ingram got 26.29% of votes, Williams got 24.48%, Bear Dewberry got 21.88%, Janene Ackles got 15.62% and J.V. Peterson got 11.73%, according to unofficial results.
Ingram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ingram and Williams will proceed to the July general election.
District 2 includes Cade Hill, Edenroc, Eutaw, Myrtle Hill, Sadie Heights, Tokay and parts of Haymount.
Incumbent Jones and challenger Mario Benavente are the unofficial winners of the District 3 primary.
Jones won 38.61%, Benavente won 23%, Kurin Keys won 22.51%, John Zimmerman won 11.8% and Bill Ayerbe won 4.08%, according to unofficial results.
Jones has been on the City Council since December, after former Councilwoman Tisha Waddell resigned, alleging unethical behavior by several members of the City Council.
Jones said on Wednesday he was "just excited for District 3."
"They know what they want, and they know who they want," he said.
Jones added that he is committed to running a clean campaign for the July election, when he will be on the ballot with Benavente.
District 3 includes the Hillendale, Lakecrest, Holly Springs, Kornbow, Cottonade and parts of Shaw.
Incumbent Haire and challenger Thomas Greene are the unofficial winners of the District 4 primary.
Haire won 76% of all votes cast, Greene won 16.44% and William Grantham won 7.56%, according to unofficial results.
Haire could not be reached for comment.
Haire and Greene will proceed to the general election in July.
District 4 includes Bonnie Doone, Cambridge, Glen Reilly, Lake Valley, Mallard Creek, Scotty Hills, Stewart’s Creek and Woodfield.
District 5 incumbent Johnny Dawkins faces one challenger, Frederick LaChance, for his seat.
This election was not on the Tuesday ballot, since it only had one challenger. The race will be on the July ballot.
District 5 includes Briarwood, Buckhead, Forest Lakes, Kingsford, Lockwood, Murray Hills, Stonebridge, Tallywood and Welmar.
Derrick Thompson and Peter Pappas are the unofficial winners for District 6.
Thompson got 46.49% of the votes, Pappas got 33.54%, Joy Marie Potts got 13.79% and Leigh Howard (who dropped out in April) got 6.18%, according to unofficial results.
Thompson said he was excited. "There's still a lot of work to be done," he said. "I look forward to serving the people of District 6 because they deserve it."
Thompson and Pappas will proceed to the July general election.
Current Councilman Chris Davis, who is in his first term, is not running for reelection and instead was running for state House District 45. The unofficial results had him in second place in that race.
District 6 includes Asbury, Beaver Creek, Canterbury, Hickory Grove, Meadowwood, Porter Place, Runnymeade, Springfield Crossing, Wells and Westgate.
Incumbent Wright and challenger Brenda McNair are the unofficial winners of the District 8 primary, with less than 1% of votes separating them.
Wright received 44.37% of all votes, McNair received 44.23% and Myahtaeyarra "Myah" Warren received 11.4%, according to unofficial results.
Wright said that he was going to hit the ground running for the general election. "We have so much more to do," he said. "We want to work hard to complete those jobs and those visions to make Fayetteville a better place to live, to work and to raise our children."
Wright also encouraged everyone to vote in the general election in July, when he and McNair will be on the ballot.
District 7 includes Brentwood, Cliffdale, Glenbrook, Hawthorne, Hunters Crossing, Marlboro, Mayfair, Remington, Southgate and Woodchase.
Michael Pinkston wants to take the District 8 seat from Courtney Banks-McLaughlin, who is also running for reelection.
This election was not on the May ballot, since there are only two individuals running. This race will be on the July ballot.
District 8 includes Beaver Run, Fairfield, James Creek, Lancaster, Montibello, Scotts Mill, Tunbridge and parts of Fort Bragg.
Incumbent Yvonne Kinston and challenger Deno Hondros are the unofficial winners of the District 9 primary.
Kinston received 36.76% of votes, Hondros received 34.79%, John Czajkowski received 15.33% and Sonya Renita Massey received 13.13%, according to unofficial results.
Kinston did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Kinston and Hondros will proceed to the July election.
District 9 includes Campground, Devonwood, Murray Fork and The Villas.
Reporter Ivey Schofield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared on The Fayetteville Observer: NC Primary 2022: Fayetteville City Council race results