Hawkins voted party chair in Orange, Eason to challenge results

Mayor-elect Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., tonight defeated Councilwoman Tency Eason for Democratic Party chair in Orange.

Hawkins won 15 to Eason's 14 votes to succeed former Mayor Mims Hackett, who served as chairman in addition to his duties as mayor. Hackett relinquished his mayor's seat last month after pleading guilty to attempted extortion.

Eason, who unsuccessfullyopposed Hawkinsin the mayor's contest last month, said she means to challenge the outcome of tonight's race. Hawkins voted party chair in Orange, Eason to challenge results