With all precincts reporting, embattled Republican Renee Griffith won a second term on the Iredell County Board of Commissioners, in unofficial returns Tuesday.
In the race for three four-year terms, Griffith had 18.59 percent of the vote, trailing fellow GOP incumbent Ken Robertson, who led with 25.01 percent, and former GOP commissioner David Boone, with 23.51 percent.
Griffith beat Democratic challenger Karen Keaton, who had 14.93 percent, Democratic challenger V. September McCrady with 10.90 percent and write-in candidate Sara Tice with 7.05 percent, in unofficial returns.
Griffith resigned in August after acknowledging she falsified a building inspection form related to her private Christian school in Statesville. But she decided to keep her name on Tuesday’s ballot, saying voters should decide her fate.
Elected officials joined other residents from across the county in signing a petition to get the Iredell County Board of Elections to add a write-in line on the ballot so they could add Tice’s name.
In other races, Republican David Curtis was trouncing Democrat Ross Bulla for the N.C. Senate District 44, which spans parts of Iredell, Lincoln and Gaston counties.
In Gaston, Curtis had 66.74 percent of the vote and Bulla 30.26 percent. In Lincoln, with all 28 precincts reporting, Curtis had 68.82 percent compared with Bulla’s 31.18 percent. In Iredell, with all precincts reporting, Curtis had 63.54 percent to Bulla’s 36.46 percent.