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Dance reflects on history-making election as sheriff

Paula Dance replaces Sheriff Neil Elks, who announced he was not seeking re-election. (Morgan Newell, NewsChannel 12 photo)

History was made Tuesday night when Paula Dance was elected as the next sheriff of Pitt County.

Dance becomes the first woman and the first African-American to be elected to the office when she beat Republican Gary Weaver. Dance replaces Sheriff Neil Elks, who announced he was not seeking re-election.

Now comes the task of getting ready to hit the ground running when she's sworn into office. She said she hopes to tackle issues like the opioid epidemic and school safety. She also mentioned she would like to see body cams used in the sheriff's office.

"I've always said that I was the most qualified and most experienced person running I just happened to be a black woman which is secondary to what the voters should have voted on and what they did vote on," Dance said.

Dance said she's ll be heading to an intense sheriff's school to get the training she needs to assume the office position.

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