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11/8/2017 1:13:00 AM
Election Day 2017--Big For Dems

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Tuesday was Election Day in North Carolina--but not in Lincoln County. A new law moved Lincolnton's city elections to next year, when three of the four City Council seats and the Mayor's job will be up for election. Most of the elections Tuesday were non-partisan municipal elections.

In Cleveland County three Democrats and one Republican were elected to the School Board; the winners were Phillip Glover, Coleman Hunt, Dena Green and Danny Lee Blanton. Noah Anderson was elected Mayor of Earl; Clarissa Jennings Reid was elected Mayor of Kingstown; Violet Arth won the only contested seat among three for the Shelby City Council; Judy Thompson was elected to the Waco Board of Aldermen; and voters in Earl approved the sale of beer and wine.

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In Kings Mountain the winners were Mike Butler, Tommy Hawkins and David Allen.

In Maiden, voters approved the sale of mixed drinks 61% to 39%; Trina Michael, Danny Hipps, and Marcus Midgett were elected to the City Council. Hank Guess was elected Mayor of Hickory; David P. Zagaroli won the only contested seat on the Board of Aldermen. James Weaver and Bill McGregor won seats on the Brookford Town Board; Jeffrey Hendren was elected to the Catawba City Council; Dayne Miller to the Claremont Council; Lee Moritz, Jr. beat a write-in candidate for Mayor of Conover; Mark Canrobert was the top vote-getter for a seat on the Conover Council; Marla Thompsonwon for Mayor of Long View where Phyllis Pennington won the only contested Council seat. Anne Abernethy Wepner, John Stiver and Ed Sain won for the Newton City Council. For the contested seats on the Hickory School Board, the winners were Beth Meadlock and James Brinkley and for the Newton-Conover School Board, Robbie Gonzales and Tim Hayes.

Gastonia voters elected a new Mayor. Walker Reid outpolled incumbent John Bridgeman 58% to 41%. Robert Kellogg was re-elected and Jennifer Stepp won in the two contested races for the Gastonia City Council. Steven Denton was elected the new Mayor of Stanley; Lynn Black was elected Mayor of Ranlo where Effie Dial Locklear was elected to the Town Board. Sandy Railey was elected Mayor of Lowell; Thomas Gillespie, Ken Ervin, Phil Bonham, Candy Funderburk and DeWayne Chitwood to the City Council. Richard Turner and Ryan Schrift were elected to the City Council in Belmont; Kay McCathen, Alfred Carpenter and James Donnie Griffin in Bessemer City; and Gary Freeman won the only contested seat in Cherryville. Demetrios George Koutsoupias won a seat on the Cramerton Town Board and in Dallas the winners were Red Cearley, Stacey Thomas and Allen Huggins. Greg Richardson, Carrie Breyare Bailey and Jay McCosh won in McAdenville; David Moore, Lauren Shoemaker and Charles McCorkle in Mt. Holly.

In Charlotte Vi Lyles easily won the race for Mayor and Democrats maintained their majority on the City Council. That was just one of the races in which Democrats were big winners nationally.

In Virginia, Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam beat former GOP national committee chairman Ed Gillespie; and in New Jersey, former US ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy beat Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in governors races. In the Virginia attorney general's race, incumbent Democrat Mark Herring beat Republican John Adams despite attacks on Herring's decision not to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban in court.

In mayoral contests, state legislative races and ballot measures nationwide, everything went the Democrats way. In Maine, voters approved a ballot measure to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Charlotte's win by Democrats was accompanied by wins in other cities including St. Petersburg, Florida.

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