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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Stokes County Incumbents prevail; amendment passes

(The Stokes News) - The May 8 primary was a time for incumbents to prevail in Stokes County, with current Stokes County Commissioners Leon Inman and Jimmy Walker receiving the top votes for commissioner in the county.

Inman received 32.71 percent of the votes, with 3,733 votes; Walker — 29.52 percent, 3,368 votes; Rebecca (Becky) Boles — 25.48 percent, 2,908; and Stephen James — 12.29 percent, 1,402. Inman and Walker will fill the two open county commissioner seats unless a certified write-in or unaffiliated petitioner is successful in November, which is rare historically.

Also drawing a lot of attention in the county and across the state was the proposed constitutional amendment to the state constitution, which passed. The amendment defines marriage between one man and one woman as the only domestic legal union in the state.

Stokes County showed overwhelming support for the amendment, with 77.75 percent, 8,584 people, voting for it, and 22.25 percent or 2.457 voting against.


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