While Democrats didn't have as many races to decide, they did make a choice for District Attorney in District 27B. John Bridges, who won that race easily, receives congratulations from party chair Deanna McGinnis.
Be sure to check our other ELECTION article for vote totals in the various races.
Wayne Howard Reporter
If at first you don't succeed, try again. Martin Oakes has run for County Commissioner three times before. In 2010 he lost having a spot on the ticket to Jim Klein by only ten votes. This year, he joins Bill Beam as one of two candidates for the Republican Party seeking to replace Klein and Carl Robinson on the Commission. Klein and Robinson did not seek re-election.
Fred Hatley won't have to face a runoff. He secured over the required 40% to secure his party's nomination and will take on former Register of Deeds Elaine Harmon in the Fall. The Democrats have only one candidate for County Commissioner: Alan Long will seek to take one of the two seats available.
In the US Senate race, NC House Speaker Thom Tillis swamped his opponents in Lincoln County and got well over the 40% required to avoid a runoff. He'll face Democratic Senator Kay Hagan in November.
Partick McHenry was nominated for the 10th District House seat he currently holds. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx won easily in the 5th District race. That district includes a small part of Catawba County.
Former "American Idol" winner Clay Aiken won the Democratic nomination for the 2nd District seat. He'll face Repubican incumbent Renee Ellmers this Fall.
For the North Carolina Supreme Court (a supposedly non-partisan race) an effort by GOP supporters to discredit incumbent Justicce Robin Hudson may have backfired. An ad campaign sought to make Hudson look sympathetic to child abusers. Some voters who might not otherwise have voted in that race made the effort to vote for Hudson in response to the smear attack. She finished with over 42% of the vote in the three-candidate race. Hudson is a Democrat. The other two candidates are both Republicans.
While Lincoln County Democrats had very few races to decide in the Primary, Shelby attorney John Bridges was the overwhelming choice of Democrats as their candidate for District 27B District Attorney. He'll face current assistant D.A. Mike Miller this Fall.
In Gaston County, Rep. Dana Bumgardner turned back a challenge from former County Commissioner Mickey Price for the NC House seat from District 109. Jeff Bryson won the Gaston County GOP Primary race for Sheriff. He'll take on Democratic incumbent Alan Cloninger this Fall. In the race for the Gastonia township seat on the Gaston County Commission, incumbent Tom Keigher topped Jim Gallagher by just over 200 votes while Dale Burkett finished a distant third.
In the Catawba County Commissioners race, incumbents Kitty Barnes (currently chair of the board) and Randy Isenhower were elected. Sherry Edmonds Butler was also chosen. Incumbent Lynn Lail did not seek re-election.
In the Catawba County Clerk of Court Race, Kim Sigmon, currently a magistrate and a former Hickory police officer, was the top vote-getter. Tammy Huffman West, daughter of the former Sheriff, finished second. Sigmon failed to get the 40% necessary to avoid a runoff. West could call for one.
For District Attorney in District 25, Morganton attorney David Learner took the top spot with just over 39%. Incumbent Jay Gaither and Scott Reilly spent much of the campaign lashing out at each other. The two were opposing attorneys in the trial of Zahra Baker's stepmother.
While the winners were celebrating, those who did not win were gracious--vowing to vote for their party's choices in November. Rich Permenter, who began his campaign as an unknown figure to most Lincoln Countians, told us: "My congratulations to both Martin Oakes and Bill Beam for the win in the Republican Primary for Board of Commissioners, and my thanks to them for their exemplary integrity throughout the campaign. I hold both of these gentlemen in high regard and wish both of them the very best. Lincoln County will be well served when they are formally elected in the November election."
Anita McCall said to her supporters: "All precinct totals are in....Bill Beam in first, Martin Oakes in second and me in third. Guys, I did the best I can, ran a clean campaign and I do not feel sorry for myself. Thank you all so very much for EVERYTHING you did for me! I love you all dearly and will not forget your support."
Alex Patton, who finished third in the Clerk of Court race, thanked supporters: "Thanks to all of those that supported me during this election. Not a winner tonight. I have said all along I wanted God's will to be done. I look forward to whatever He has in store for me in the future. I am still the Chair of the Board of Commissioners and I still have a wonderful wife and family and God is still good--all the time!"
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