The North Topsail Beach 2019 mayoral race was certified on Tuesday, officially naming Joann McDermon as the winner.
Onslow County Board of Elections Director Jason Dedmond confirmed the certification of the Nov. 5 race in an email to The Daily News.
The certification comes after incumbent Mayor Dan Tuman, who protested the outcome of the race, announced his resignation, The Daily News reported.
McDermon filed as a candidate for re-election for her seat on the NTB Board of Alderman while also running a successful campaign for write-in for the mayor’s seat.
McDermon received 126 write-in votes, or 58% of the total, while Tuman received 80 votes, or 37%, The Daily News reported. Tuman protested the outcome of the election claiming McDermon should be disqualified as a mayoral candidate because she filed as a candidate for the NTB Board of Alderman.
The Board of Aldermen held an emergency meeting Friday morning, in part to acknowledge Tuman’s retirement and years of public service to the town and to confer mayoral power to McDermon until the election results were certified.
The town will now have to make an appointment to fill the alderman seat she was re-elected to and has been holding while awaiting a resolution in the mayoral results.