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Volume43,Number28 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, March 17, 2016
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BY TODD LUCK
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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
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Highsmith, president of the Konnoak Hills
Community Association. Highsmith
pulled an upset by only four votes, accord
ing to unofficial results from Tuesday
'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
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
"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
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
"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
"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
See Wins on All
dies at age 72
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BY TODD LUCK
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
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
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
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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
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.
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