Incumbents did well in Tuesday's (Nov. 5th) municipal elections. While Lincolnton doesn't hold its City election until next year, most area towns held theirs Tuesday.
In Maiden, mayor pro-tem Max Bumgarner, Jr. won a close race with Zane Hudson. Bumgarner got 182 votes while Hudson polled 177. There were 171 write-in votes. Since Bumgarner topped the required percentage (he got 34.34%) the results gave him the mayor's job. Bumgarner had been serving as mayor since July 1st after former mayor Robert Smyre retired.
Cleveland County voters turned down a quarter-cent local sales tax again--5,090 against to 2,854 in favor. Cleveland County voters had turned down the additional local tax in 2016, but at that time, Lincoln & Gaston counties didn't have it; Catawba County voters had approved the additional sales tax in 2007--Lincoln & Gaston County voters both turned it down in 2008, but approved it last year for education purposes.
In High Shoals, P.J. Rathbone defeated incumbent Dan Weekley for the mayor's job by a single vote--63 to 62. Kathy Rhyne got 13 votes. Multiple write-in votes for the High Shoals City Council amounted to more totally (93) than for Lisa Mullinax Stamey & Todd Duggins (59) but both Stamey & Duggins were winners. Whoever got the most write-in votes will be invited to become a member of the council. Tuesday's election results (in High Shoals and all other towns & cities) aren't official until after the Elections Board does its canvass and confirms the results.
In Cherryville, Dallas and Bessemer City, the incumbent mayors all won re-election. H.L. Beam to 715 votes to 199 for Daniel Ware; in the Cherryville ward 2 council election, Jon Abernethy was the winner with 529 votes to Brian Dalton's 374.
Dallas mayor Rick Coleman held off a challenge by council member Jerry (Red) Cearley, 257 to 222. Cearley will serve out the rest of his term (two more years) on the Board of Aldermen. Incumbents Darlene Morrow & Hoyle Withers easily won seats on the board.
In Bessemer City, Becky Steelman Smith easily won re-election as mayor with 301 votes to 186 for Aaron Grosdidier. Joe Will & Sonny Boyd won the City Council seats from wards 3 & 4.
Gastonia mayor Walker Reid won re-election with 5,135 votes to 4,464 for challenger Kim Price. Jim Gallagher turned back a challenge from Jeff Bryson for his ward 3 seat on the City Council with almost 66% of the votes in that race, but two newcomers won over incumbents in other Gastonia council races. Charles Odom beat Todd Pierceall for the ward 4 (Highland area) seat--5,458 to 3,491; Donyel Barber topped David Humphries for the ward 6 (southwest Gastonia) seat--5,313 to 3,884.
In Stanley, Jimmy Ingold beat incumbent Rob McMinn for the ward 3 seat on the Town Council. In McAdenville, mayor Jim Robinette easily won re-election. In Lowell, mayor Sandy Railey beat former mayor Larry Simonds 414 to 304.
Scott Neisler appears to have won re-election as mayor of Kings Mountain with a 50-49 margin over former mayor Rick Murphrey. David Israel Dettloff got two votes.
Folks in Waco approved a malt beverage referendum 56 to 51 and Kingstown approved both malt beverages (58-53) and unfortified wine sales (56-51).
Stan Anthony won re-election as mayor of Shelby.
Eddie Haupt won the mayor's race in Newton with 656 votes to 600 for John Stiver. Al Hoover got 95 and Jeremy Petty 44.
In the Maiden City Council race, Beth Rudisill got 403 votes, Bob Sigmon polled 360, Ronnie Williams got 341 and Danny Lee Kiser 248.
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