STATESVILLE, N.C. (WSIC NEWS) – Tuesday’s runoff elections flipped the results of two Statesville City Council races by narrow margins.
Amy Lawton beat James Pressly 218-209 in ward four after originally loosing to him in October. The same thing happened in ward six where Frederick Foster topped David Jackson by just four votes, 112-108. David Jones remains the winner of the Statesville ward one contest after beating Tim Dearman 278-267. Despite the close numbers, the Iredell County Board of Elections office does not anticipate any outstanding mail-in ballots will change the results.
Incumbent Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins gets to keep the job after getting 52 percent of the vote compared to 48 percent garnered by Angela Stutts. She made an impressive showing in the primary where she had more votes than Atkins in a contest of three candidates. Bobby Compton won the at-large Mooresville Commissioner seat. Eddie Dingler was unopposed and therefore won the ward one seat. Thurman Houston easily beat James “Toodles” Ritchie in ward two with 66 percent of the vote. Debbie Marsh, Kerry Pennell, and Roger Hyatt won seats on the Mooresville-Graded Schools Board of Education.
Tim Ward won the Love Valley Mayor’s race as a write-in candidate, beating incumbent Mayor Anthony Kennedy 20-19. Write-ins also determined two winners in the Love Valley Commissioner’s race. Wendy Benfield and Randy Ladd both won seats by write-in. Julie Ward, Ted Davis, and Tori Barker were the other winners. The write-in winners are nothing new to Love Valley. Write-ins have determined one or more winners in past elections.
Buddy Gaither, Scotty Harris, Douglas Galliher, and Julia Clanton all won seats on the Harmony Board of Aldermen. Lee Matney ran unopposed and won the Harmony mayor’s race.
Incumbent Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla beat challenger Rob Kidwell with 56 percent of the vote. Melinda Bales, Nick Walsh, Dan Boone, Brian Hines, Stacy Phillips, and Lance Munger won seats on the Huntersville Board of Commissioners.
In Cornelius, Woody Washam ran unopposed and won the mayor’s contest. Denis Bilodeau, Dr. Mike Miltich, Thurman Ross, Jim Duke, and Tricia Sisson won seats on the Cornelius Board of Commissioners. Sission pushes incumbent Dave Gilroy off the board by 345 votes.
Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox will keep his seat after running unopposed in Tuesday’s election. Jane Campbell, Jim Fuller, Autumn Rierson Michael, Matthew Fort, and David Sitton all keep their seats on the Davidson Board of Commissioners. The Davidson facility bonds referendum passed with 70 percent support.
A proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase to fund arts, parks, and other projects in Mecklenburg was defeated with 57 percent of voters opposing it. Davidson and Mooresville voters overwhelmingly supported the sale of Continuum.
Results from all contest are unofficial until canvass day.