SMITHFIELD — Republicans kept control of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners during Tuesday’s elections.
With all but three precincts reporting, District 4 incumbent DeVan Barbour held a 61-39 percent advantage over Democratic challenger Carol A. Brannock.
Barbour is a manager at a local insurance company and Benson resident. He has served on the board since 2004. Brannock is a Willow Springs resident and retired schoolteacher.
District 2 commissioner W. Ray Woodall chose not to run for re-election. Ted Godwin, a Selma bank executive, will take his place.
Tony Braswell of Pine Level and Jeffrey Carver of Clayton also ran unopposed. Braswell has been on the board since 2004 and previously served as mayor of Pine Level. Carver has held his office since 2003 and is now the board’s vice chairman.
The board was criticized heavily for its passage of a new noise ordinance in September. The ordinance was adopted in response to a feud between neighbors over gunfire, drawing the ire of gun owners across the county.