The Democrats won the city of Lincolnton election. In photo, Mayor Ed Hatley (in rear), Marty Eaddy, Mary Frances White and Jim Watson. White became the first person of color ever elected to any office (city or county) in Lincoln County. The only Council seat that was not up for election this year is the one held by Republican Roby Jetton.
(Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Democratic Party)
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
The "Blue Wave" that some had predicted never materialized. Nationally, Democrats did pick up a majority of the seats in the US House, but Republicans will still control the US Senate.
In North Carolina, 10 of the state's 13 seats in the US House were won by Republicans, including Patrick McHenry, who got just under 60% of the votes in the 10th District, compared to just over 40% for challenger David Brown. Mark Harris won the 9th District race over Dan McCready by a little under 2,000 votes. Virginia Foxx, whose 5th District includes a portion of Catawba County, won re-election.
Four of the proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution were approved. The Judicial Merit Commission and Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections did not. [We apologize for having incorrectly reported earlier that all six passed. The NCSBE listed the totals of FOR and AGAINST in that order on their website, but they posted it as AGAINST and then FOR on those two, and we failed to notice the reversal of the order.]
Anita Earls won a seat on the NC Supreme Court, getting just under 50% of the votes and topping two GOP candidates.
Democrats won at least eight new seats in the NC House — more than the four they needed to end the Republicans' ability to override vetoes by Governor Roy Cooper. Democrats needed six more seats to do the same in the NC Senate but results in some elections were so close, whether they did or not is still uncertain.
Bill Beam was elected Sheriff of Lincoln County, getting just over 80% of the votes compared to a little less than 20% for Alan Hoyle. Ted Alexander was elected to the NC Senate from the district that includes Lincoln and Cleveland counties and two precincts in Gaston. Jason Saine polled just over 70% of the votes for the Lincoln County seat in the NC House, compared to just under 30% for Natalie Robertson. Fred Hatley easily won re-election as Clerk of Court. Micah Sanderson beat Ali Paksoy in the District 27B judge race. In a rematch from four years ago, Joan Avery again beat Clayton Mullis for the District 2 seat on the School Board; Tony Jenkins topped two opponents to return to the Board as an at-large member.
Democrats swept City Hall. Mayor Ed Hatley ran unopposed, but in the City Council races, three Democrats beat three Republicans. The closest race was Dr. Jim Watson's win over Fred Jarrett--a margin of only 36 votes. Watson won a two-year term on the Council representing Ward 2. Mary Frances White made history, becoming the first African-American ever elected to any office (city or county) in Lincoln County. Dr. Martin Eaddy also won re-election.
In Gaston County, voters approved all of the ABC referenda, meaning that come next year, stores in unincorporated areas can sell beer and wine and that restaurants outside city limits can serve alcoholic beverages.
Following his election, Bill Beam talked with the Lincoln Herald and issued a 'thank you' to God, family and friends: "I first and foremost want to thank God Almighty and my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for all the wonderful things that have happened for me. I want to thank my family and friends for their support, and the staff of the current Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff David Carpenter, who endorsed me as his successor. I want to thank the voters of Lincoln County and I pledge to you to continue the excellent law enforcement that we've had under Sheriff Carpenter. I will be going to Sheriff school in Raleigh next week to learn more about how to do my new job. When I return, I'll begin putting together the leadership team of the new Sheriff's Office and come December, we'll be ready to serve."
Milton Sigmon and Bud Cesena were elected County Commissioners--the two had been chosen as GOP candidates in the Primary and had no opposition. Danny Hester was also unopposed and re-elected Register of Deeds.
Leonard Keever and Terry Turbyfill were re-elected as Soil & Water Conservation Supervisors.
Todd Wulfhorst was unopposed for his District 5 seat on the Board of Education and was re-elected.
In Catawba County, Andy Wells was re-elected to the NC Senate; Mitchell Setzer and Jay Adams were re-elected to the NC House. Republicans Randy Isenhower, Kitty Barnes and Sherry Butler were all re-elected to the Catawba County Commission. Donna Lutz Carpenter, Glenn Fulbright, Becky Brittain and Leslie H. Barnette were the top vote-getters for four seats on the Catawba County School Board. Julia Elmore and Laura Parnell were elected Soil & Water Conservation Supervisors.
In Gaston County, Steve Hall, Lee Dedmon, Kevin Collier and Justin Davis won the contested seats on the Gaston County Board of Education. Chad Brown, Tracy Philbeck and Tom Keigher were re-elected to the Board of Commissioners. Esther Scott and Becca Hurd were elected Soil & Water Conservation Supervisors.
Kathy Harrington won re-election to the NC Senate; John Torbett won over Gastonia City Councilman Robert Kellogg for the District 108 seat in the NC House; Dana Bumgardner (District 109) and Kelly Hastings (District 110) also won re-election.
In Cleveland County, NC House Speaker Tim Moore was re-elected to his District 111 seat. Doug Bridges was the top vote-getter in the race for the County Commission seat currently held by Eddie Holbrook. Holbrook placed third behind Deb Hardin, but the vote was close among the three--Bridges got just under 29% of the votes, Hardin just over 25% and Holbrook just under 24%. Ronnie Whetstine beat Caroline Dedmon to fill out an unexpired term on the Commission. Sheriff Alan Norman won re-election with over 87% of the vote in an easy win over unaffiliated candidate Clyde Ledbetter. The town of Boiling Springs approved its multiple ABC referenda.
The Lincoln Herald published a link Tuesday that gave readers access to the returns as they were posted by the NC State Board of Elections.
To see all the returns for Lincoln County, CLICK HERE.
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