SANFORD–Despite over 4,000 votes being casts during the early voting period, 36.23% of registered voters went to the polls Tuesday, with the marriage amendment, the commissioners and school board races driving the interest. Locally, the amendment passed, prompting some opponents to say they are embarrassed to say they live in North Carolina. If a canvass of the returns turns up nothing significant, the school board will have two new members. Shawn Williams, who along with incumbents Lynn Smith & Cameron Sharpe, and newcomer Tamra Brogan were being touted by the Democratic party, was defeated. He came in sixth in a field of eight. Del Palazzo, Kirk Smith and Max Dolan will face Democratic opposition in the fall for the Lee County Board of Commissioners.
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