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Bladen's beer and wine referendum turned down

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The countywide Sale of Beer and Wine referendum did not pass in Bladen County during the Primary Elections. The countywide Sale of Beer and Wine referendum did not pass in Bladen County during the Primary Elections.
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

The countywide Sale of Beer and Wine referendum did not pass in Bladen County during the Primary Elections.

The final votes in the Unfortified Wine Election were 4204 against and 3671 for. The final votes in the Malt Beverage Election were 4232 against and 3670 for.

Right now, these are the only towns currently permitted to sell beer and wine: White Lake, Clarkton, East Arcadia, and Elizabethtown. Because the referendum did not pass, the remaining towns in Bladen County will not be added to the list.

Two political action committees spurred out of the referendum:

  • The Churches Against Countywide Sale of Beer
  • Wine formed in January led by Reverend Bruce Cannon

Cannon is ecstatic the referendum passed. After a tough campaign, he said his faith is now restored in the Bladen County Community.

The second PAC, Bladen Citizens for Countywide Beer and Wine Referendum Committee, is led by Robin Summerlin. By not passing the referendum, Summerlin says the small towns in Bladen County will continue to be economically stifled.

The referendum caused a stir within rural Bladen County first started by a billboard sponsored by the Churches against the County Wide Sale of Beer and Wine.

It featured a Bible and a beer asking citizens of Bladen County which they would vote against.

The controversy continued with cyber attacks of Reverend Bruce Cannon by members of the opposing PAC.

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