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Barnes drops out of Leland council race, BHI candidate dies

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Leland Town Councilman has decided not to seek reelection after all.

The Brunswick County Board of Elections says Herbert Barnes dropped out of the race Friday. His name, though, will still be on the ballot, because absentee ballots have already been prepared. County Elections Director Greg Bellamy says under state law, any votes for Barnes will not be counted.

Last week prosecutors dropped domestic violence charges against Barnes after he completed a deferred prosecution program after an arrest last spring.

He has not returned our call for comment.

The Board of Elections also says Bald Head Island candidate Ken Miller died over the weekend. His name will also stay on the ballot.

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