East Laurinburg

East Laurinburg's current population is roughly 279 people. It's peak was 890 just before World War II. The town mayor blames the lack of employment for its current state.
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Marshall Stevens is a simple man.

He's one of 279 people who call the Scotland County town of East Laurinburg home. Last election, he won the race for mayor. Stevens received 15 total votes, beating an "unnamed write-in candidate" by two.