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Applewhite concedes Fayetteville mayoral race

Valencia Applewhite
November 8, 2013 8:07:16 PM PST
Democrat Val Applewhite conceded the Fayetteville mayoral race Friday night.

In a statement, Applewhite congratulated Mayor-Elect Nat Robertson.

"This has been an extraordinary election and a wonderful experience. Less than 250 votes out of over 22,000 cast separate my campaign from victory. I thank each and every person that poured their energy into my campaign and believed in my vision for our city," said Applewhite in a statement. "We have examined the election returns and have determined that under the best of circumstances, the likelihood that a recount will change the outcome of the election is slim. I accept the finality of the results and offer my congratulations to Mayor-Elect Nat Robertson."

Applewhite served on the city council since 2007.

The two were the top vote getters in October's five-candidate primary. Robertson replaces Mayor Tony Chavonne, who chose not to seek a fifth term.

Robertson will be sworn in next month.

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