District lines will remain intact for election

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A Census study conducted by a Raleigh firm said the town does not have to redraw district lines for its municipal election next March.

Poyner and Spruill said the 2020 Census numbers showed Mount Olive’s population decreased by 400 residents since 2010. The population decline was within a 5% variance that is allowed and will not require the town’s four districts to be redrawn.

Caroline Mackie of Poyner and Spruill said University of Mount Olive students were not on campus due to COVID-19 during the Census count.

Mount Olive currently has 4,198 residents.

The town has six seats on its board of commissioners ­— one for each district, at-large and mayor.

Commissioners Barbara Kornegay, Dr. Dennis Draper, Vicky Darden and Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Wiggins plan to seek reelection.

Commissioner Harlie Carmichael did not announce his intentions.

The Wayne County Board of Elections has not set the March election date.

Filing begins in December.

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