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SPRING HOPE — A political newcomer will soon take her seat on the Spring Hope Board of Commissioners after a victory in last week’s municipal election.
Newcomer Prudence Wilkins received 64 votes, or 28.44% of ballots cast, enough to beat two-term Commissioner Nancy Walker, who received 55 votes (24.44%).
Commissioner Brenda Lucas, the town’s top vote-getter, tallied 106 votes, or 47.11%.
Spring Hope uses the single plurality method of voting where the highest vote-getters win. This year, three candidates vied for two seats.
Wilkins is set to serve her first term in Spring Hope. She serves on the board of a nonprofit fighting addiction in Wake County.
Wilkins said she moved to Spring Hope eight years ago and hasn’t seen much in the way of economic development. She said she will work on revitalization.
“We have already had new businesses come here, so we are starting that growth we need as a town, but we need to continue that growth, bring more businesses, more people purchasing and building homes here, this town can be a staple in North Carolina, a small town with big appeal,” Wilkins said.
Wilkins said she plans to work on bridging the gap between the town government and the community. She said she’ll continue to be out and about in the community to understand the needs of people who live and work in Spring Hope.
“It’s important to me to have an inclusive community where all people feel they are a part of this community and their opinions do matter with the town leadership,” Wilkins said.
Lucas has served on the town board for six years. She’s lived in the area all her life, moving into town about 45 years ago. She said she thanks all of her supporters.
“I plan to support growth, togetherness, cleanliness and I’m determined to speak out for the betterment of the people to make this town a better place to live for the young as well as our senior citizens,” Lucas said. “I want this town to be a place to draw people and a place for our young people to stay or come back home. Without growth, a town will perish.”