Block, McCall , Gholston win commissioner primaries

By: By Beth Lawrence - and Katelin Gandee - Staff reporters
Katelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange Carol McCall hugs one of her campaigners after winning the primary election.

LAURINBURG — Matthew Block and Carol McCall won the Democrat primary for the two Stewartsville District seats on the Board of Commissioners for Scotland County.

Block, the challenger, was elected with 1,824 votes or 27.03 percent of the ballots cast and incumbent McCall was elected with 1,678 votes or 24.87 percent, according to unofficial results.

The winners of the Stewartsville seat will face Republican Tim Ivey in the fall. Ivey’s name did not appear on the primary ballot because he was the only Republican running for the seat.

Incumbent Betty Blue Gholston won the Democrat primary for the Scotland County Board of Commissioners Springhill seat. Gholston was elected with 1,982 votes — 60.15 percent — to challenger Linda Tindall’s 1,313 votes, according to unofficial results from the Scotland County Board of Elections.

Gholston will face Republican Bo Frizzell in the fall General Election.

She could not be reached for comment.

Gholston beat challenger Linda Tindall. Tindall a Wagram town commissioner.

“I wish Betty Blue Gholston the best,” Tindall said. “I know she will do her best for the citizens of Scotland county. I gave it my best.”

Stewartsville race

Incumbent Guy McCook finished third with 1,531 votes and Jeremy Baker finished with 1,260 votes. Despite withdrawing from the race, Terrence Williams’ name appeared on the ballot. He received 454 votes or 6.73 percent of the ballots.

Incumbents McCall and McCook were challenged by Baker and Laurinburg Mayor Block for the seat.

Matthew Block is the current mayor of the city of Laurinburg and served a previous term in the same position from 2007 to 2011. He operates a cardiology practice on Medical Drive.

“I just want to say thanks to all the candidates in the county commissioner race,” Block said. “I thought it was a good clean campaign and I’ve lost elections before and I know the disappointment, but it wears off quickly.”

Block said he was appreciative of the voter’s confidence in him.

“I want to thank all the voters who showed up and cast their vote, and I look forward to enjoying this victory tonight and getting to work on holding a citizen’s referendum on the new school, which I think this vote reflects the citizens are in favor of that.”

McCall ran for a third term on the board. The retired social worker, she has lived in Scotland County for over 40 years.

“I am overwhelmed, humbled and grateful for this victory and the support of the citizens Scotland County,” McCall said. “My desire is to give the county another four years of my dedication and service. I ask for your support for the general election in November.”

McCall serves on the boards of Eastpointe Behavioral Health, Scotland County Highland Games, Historic Properties and is a member of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Chamber and Scottish Pilot Club. She is also active in the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and serves as chairman of the Environmental Steering Committee and sits on the board of directors.

McCook has served on the Scotland County Board of Commissioners since 2006 and holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Asbury College.

“I understand that there is a large portion of the county that feels disenfranchised,” McCook said. “I have enjoyed my time as a commissioner and will remain engaged in working to make our county a better place.”

McCook currently chairs the Scotland County Economic Development Commission and has served on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce Laurinburg All-American City, RCC Foundation Board Member, Scotland Memorial Foundation, Scotland County Smart Start, Cape Fear Council BSA Board Member, Laurinburg Jacyees, and NC Realtors Economic Development Committee, Forms Committee, and Legislative Chair 2006. He is also a Laurinburg Rotary Club member.

McCook was awarded the Cape Fear Council Silver Beaver award in 2017.

Jeremy Baker is a former manager at Wells Fargo bank and has been assistant teacher in Scotland County School System as well as a broadcaster at WLNC.

“I want to thank God, first and foremost, my family, my wife Amanda, my three beautiful kids, Dr. Block, Shirley Campbell, Tate Gibson, all those who supported me and Apostle Daniel and Pastor Davita White who prepared the way and guided me through this journey,” Baker said. “I look forward to another opportunity to run when the opportunity is right.”

Katelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange Carol McCall hugs one of her campaigners after winning the primary election. Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange Carol McCall hugs one of her campaigners after winning the primary election.

By Beth Lawrence

and Katelin Gandee

Staff reporters