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champsi ?aaiaa W-S Prep Girls win second title 1 HE CHRONICLE Volume43,Number28 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 N.C. PRIMARY Buike holds on to seat; Clinton wins BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE ? Tuesday primary results largely went as expected but there were some surprises in local races. There was a surprising squeaker in the South Ward race to replace City Council Member Molly Leight, who is not running for re-election. Leight endorsed John Larson, vice " president of restoration at Old Salem | Museum and Gardens, as I her succes s o r However, he r /-i _ t naa sun competition irom uaroiyn Highsmith, president of the Konnoak Hills Community Association. Highsmith pulled an upset by only four votes, accord ing to unofficial results from Tuesday night. 'Today we'll start a process of examin ing the possibility of a recount," Larson said Wednesday morning. According to Forsyth County Board of Elections Director Tim Tsujii, the board is still receiving absentee ballots and researching provisional ballots. On Tuesday, there will be a canvas to examine the votes in the primary and ensure the authenticity of the vote total. After final official results are determined during the canvas, candidates have one business day to file for a recount. The official winner will face Republican Michael Tyler in the general election. Highsmith said she was pleased with the results and hopes that she comes out as the official winner. She said her message that she could better represent the ward resonated and her campaign has been working non-stop for months to pull out a win. "We thought it be sheer hard work to see if we can pull this off and we put everything into it," Highsmith said. Another surprise was in the race for Forsyth County Register of Deeds, where challenger Lynne Johnson, a former Register of Deeds employee, had a deci sive victory over current office holder Norman Holleman. She'll face Republican Challenger Steve Wood of Pfafftown in November. Other races followed expectations and polls. Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian Burke," who has served op the City Council since 1977, tun her pwunary and, without a Republican challenger, has secured her lid) term. "The citizens spoke," said Burke. "The Northeast Ward citizens are satisfied. They know that I have a lot of energy, wisdom." Burke won decisively against her opponent Keith King, owner of Kingz DownTown Market. "Obviously, I was disappointed in the turnout," he said, but added. "We're not done yet. We'll be back again." Besides Johnson, another African American political newcomer won his pri mary race. Dan Blue IB, son of N.C. Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue Jr., won his race for state treasurer. Also, Linda Coleman, an African American, again won her primary race for lieutenant governor. See Wins on All HHH I Burke Clinton Winston-Salem public servant dies at age 72 > i 'lit BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE Former N.C. lawmaker Earline Parmon died on Tuesday, March 15. Parmon, 72, passed away from compli cations of a brief illness Tuesday afternoon at Novant Forsyth Medical Center. Her goddaughter and publicist Tanya Wiley said Parmon was surrounded by family and friends when she passed. "Everyone was singing hymns and quoting Scripture," she said. "She passed on to eternal rest just the way she had talked about." Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized. The family began receiving guests at the home of Earline Parmon beginning Wednesday, March 16, at 10 a.m. Funeral arrangements are being han died by Gilmore's Funeral Home in Winston Salem. Parmon was the director of outreach for U.S. Rep. Alma Adams. Before that, she had a long career as an elected official. She served for 12 years on the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. She rep resented the 72nd District in the N.C. House of Representatives for 12 years. In 2012, she became the first African American woman in Forsyth County elect ed to the N.C. Senate, representing the 32nd District. She won re-election for her seat, but then gave it up in 2015 to take the position with Adams. A statement from Adams called Parmon one of her "closest confidants, colleagues and a true friend." See Parmo on A2 Darryl Hunt remembered for his humility and courage Bytevin stinson THE CHRONICLE ^ Less than 12 hours after reports surfaced that Darryl Hunt was found dead inside a vehicle in the 2800 block of University Parkway, nearly 200 residents came together Sunday evening, March 13, to celebrate his life. According to public records. Dr. Larry Little contacted the Winston-Salem Police Department for assistance in locating Hunt, who was last seen nine days earlier in the Jj Garfield Court area. Just after 12 am. on Sunday, officers found Hunt unresponsive inside a 1999 white Ford truck in a parking lot near the Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum. Hunt appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said Wednesday. The Criminal Investigations Division has assumed the investigation and __ will be releasing more information as the investigation progresses. During Monday night's City Council meeting. City Council Member Dan Besse spoke about Hunt's passing, saying the city has lost a community leader. See Hunt on A8 ' Chronicle file photo The late Darryl Hunt, who was wrongly incar cerated for a murder he didn't commit for nearly two decades, became an advocate to help others who'd been incarcerated or wrongly convicted. Mt"" ?-t?- -* ., ... , K. ' / If : 5 I !|| * ASSURED BBSHe STORAGE of Winston-Salem, LLC mm | "?j[ f r auc r^Li^99 l^r^nr ? 1 I l ^ j i J _.