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Most elections draw yawns from voters

Spring Hope Enterprise of Spring Hope, North Carolina

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A relative handful of voters turned out for municipal elections throughout Nash County on Tuesday, electing local officials and generally favoring incumbents.

The most competitive races, in Middlesex, drew the largest turnout at 37 percent. In those races, incumbent LuHarvey Lewis easily won re-election as mayor and incumbent commissioner Harold Meacombs was joined on the board by Ann Lewis.

In Spring Hope, where only 10 percent of voters turned out, Mayor Buddy Gwaltney was unopposed for reelection and all three incumbents, Drew Griffin, Lee Bissett, and Daryl Emig were re-elected.

In Bailey,20 percent of voters turned out to elect Timothy Johnson as mayor unopposed and put incumbent Shelley Carroll and challenger Rocky Winstead, a former commissioner into the two contested seats. Harold Flora won a third seat uncontested.

In Nashville, Larry Taylor and Patricia Rogers won the two seats on the town council. Turnout in Nashville was only 7.8 percent.

In Castalia, 26 percent of registered voters re-elected mayor Ellene Leonard, who was unopposed, and Brian Hinkle won one of the two seats on the town board. Debbie Rodriguez was the second highest voter getter among the candidates, but 26 write-in voters left the results inconclusive until election officials could determine who they were for. A write-in candidate with more than 18 votes would win the seat.

In Red Oak, winning unopposed were mayor Alfred Wester and commissioners Levell Langley and Barbara High Tyre. Only 1.75 percent voted in the uncontested races there.

Martha Lucas and Ronald Pace ran unopposed for the two seats on the Momeyer town board where 7.8 percent of voters turned out.

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Original Publication Date: November 7, 2013

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