Susan R. Williams

BURGAW – Pender County hired Susan R. Williams as the new election director.

“Mrs. Williams is responsible to ensure every eligible voter in Pender County gets to exercise their right to participate in our local, state, and federal elections,” said Randell Woodruff, Pender County manager.

Woodruff said Williams brings many years of experience to the Pender County Director of Elections office.

Williams was born in Burgaw and has family ties to Pender County.

“My mother was from Atkinson,” said Williams. “I grew up in Wallace.”

Williams, who served four years in the U.S. Navy, said that while living in Wallace, as a homeschool mother, her family spent a great deal of time in Pender County.

“I love Pender County,” said Williams. “I’m so happy to be working here now.”

Williams served in several election capacities in Duplin County, including an assistant, precinct judge, and chief judge who oversees all county precincts. She served as an election specialist, deputy director and director of board of elections.

Williams began her role in Pender County on June 17.

“We are busy right now,” said Williams. “Candidates are filing now for office.”

She said the board of elections office will be busy with the local races and then will begin work on the upcoming federal races.

Williams said the Pender County Board of Elections needs precinct election officials. Now is the time to call to ensure every precinct has back-ups for smooth operations.

“We are responsible to run this office, regardless of party affiliation, to ensure voters get to exercise their rights,” Williams said. “Having served in the military, I am especially passionate that our military personnel have the opportunity to vote.”

For more information about the Pender County Board of Elections, call 910-259-1220. To become a precinct election official, call Williams at 910-259-1226.

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