Incumbents on the Union County school board were defeated Tuesday night, although one appeared to lose quite narrowly.
Seven candidates were seeking two at-large positions. With all 52 precincts reporting, Christina B. Helms and Mike Guzman were the apparent winners, with 20.49 percent and 18.62 percent of the vote, respectively. All results are unofficial.
They were followed by incumbent Laura Minsk at 14.52 percent, Terri Evans at 12.86 percent, incumbent David Scholl at 12.06 percent, Todd Haynes at 12.05 percent and Lynn Southern at 8.99 percent.
The school board District 2 contest was even closer. With all 12 precincts reporting, Kevin Stewart had 42.63 percent of the vote, followed by incumbent Carolyn Lowder with 42.00 percent of the vote and Chris Randall with 15.05 percent. Stewart apparently won by 78 votes.
The at-large and District 2 seats were for four-year terms.
The District 3 race was to fill the remaining two-year term of former board member Dean Arp, who resigned after winning the Republican primary for a state House seat. Richard Yercheck was the apparent winner, with 54.88 percent of the vote, and all eight precincts reporting. Dennis Rape had 44.74 percent of the vote.
The one bond issue before voters appeared headed for easy approval.
Indian Trail residents were voting on whether to authorize $8.5 million in bonds for building, improving and equipping a park at 304 Matthews-Indian Trail Road and another community park to be designated by the town. With all 14 precincts reporting, 58.90 percent of voters said they were in favor of the plan; 41.10 percent were against it.
Of Union County’s nearly 136,000 registered voters, about 43 percent are Republican, 29 percent are Democrat, 27 percent are unaffiliated and less than 1 percent are Libertarian.
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