With 46 of 46 precincts reporting Tuesday night, two Republican incumbent Gaston County commissioners won the race for two empty seats on the board.
Incumbent Crowders Mountain Township commissioner Joe Carpenter had 51,248 votes, followed by Democratic challenger Jim Long with 33,184 votes.
A semi-retired landscaping contractor, Carpenter, 76, has served on the board of county commissioners for 16 years.
In the race for the South Point Township board of commissioners seat, Republican incumbent Mickey Price had 52,699 votes to Democratic challenger Anthony Duran’s 31,762.
A pharmacist with CVS/Pharmacy, Price, 63, was on the Belmont City Council from 1989 until 1999 and has served on the county commission since 2000.
In the race for the District 109 N.C. House seat, with 16 of 16 precincts reporting, Republican newcomer Dana Bumgardner defeated his Democratic challenger, Dodie Reese, 19,671 votes to 13,536.
Bumgardner and Reese are political newcomers, seeking the House seat held by state Rep. Bill Current, R-Gaston, who did not run for a fifth term.
In other legislative races, Senate 43 incumbent Kathy Harrington of Gastonia and House 108 incumbent John Torbett of Stanley were running unopposed.
House District 110 incumbent Kelly Hastings of Cherryville was leading with 20,114 votes, followed by Democrat Jamar McKoy with 10,345 and Libertarian Lewis Guignard with 1,008.
In the race for the Gaston County Board of Education, with 46 of 46 precincts reporting, incumbent Kenny Lutz defeated challengers James Davison and Nick Huffman for the Crowders Mountain Township seat.
Lutz had 24,599 votes, Huffman 20,150 and Davison 12,091.
Dot Guthrie won the race for a Gastonia township seat with 26,783 votes to challengers Jerry Bostic, with 23,522, and Alfred Current III, with 17,218.
Two-at large seats were open on the board.
In the first race, Chris Howell defeated Dot Cherry-Accurso, Rachelle Anger, and Donyel Barber.
Howell had 23,706 votes, Cherry-Accurso had 17,270, Anger 10,483, and Barber 14,852.
In the other at-large race, incumbent Jeff Ramsey won over challenger Josh Helms, 37,497 votes to 37,497.
In the Gaston County Register of Deeds race, Republican incumbent Susan Lockridge had 57,559 votes to challenger Zeb Bradley’s 28,853.
Pennie Thrower won the race for District 27A district court judgeship. She had 36,708 votes, and Thomas Taylor had 27,818.
In the race for the Gaston Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, with 46 of 46 precincts reporting, Bill Craig won with 34,352 votes to Kenneth Richardson’s 28,761.