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Incumbents Evan Folds and Frank Meares win another term on Soil and Water Board

Incumbent Evan Folds was the top-vote getter in the race for Soil and Water Board, while Incumbent Frank Meares was second.

Preliminary election results show incumbent Evan Folds as the top vote-getter in the race for the New Hanover County Soil and Water District Board of Supervisors, with fellow incumbent Frank Christopher Meares taking second.

These preliminary results mean incumbents Folds and Meares will continue serving on the board. Challenger Lance Capps did not secure a spot on the board.

Folds pulled 36% of the vote and Meares pulled 35% to secure the top two spots, while Capps pulled 26%.

Meares said he was happy with the high amount of voter turnout for his race.

“I'm happy that right now we have so many people voting," said Meares. "That means that people are actually taking interest in a bottom of the ballot item that they don't really know all the time unless they do the research, especially how important issues we take on [are].”

Going into another term, Meares said working on a bill to more strictly deal with Chemours and moving forward on issues like hydraulic soils will be his main priorities.

These results will be finalized Friday, November 18.

Grace Vitaglione is a multimedia journalist, recently graduated from American University. I’m attracted to issues of inequity and my reporting has spanned racial disparities in healthcare, immigration detention and college culture. In the past, I’ve investigated ICE detainee deaths at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, worked on an award-winning investigative podcast and produced student-led video stories.