Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright will face Joseph “Jody” Inglefield in the Nov. 5 general election, after voters narrowed a field of six candidates in Tuesday’s election.
Wright, who has held the mayor’s office for 12 years, received 1,505 votes, and Inglefield won 822 votes to advance, in complete but unofficial returns Tuesday night. Catawba County saw 12.48 percent voter turnout.
Other mayoral candidates included Ernie Masche, with 432 votes; Jeff Brittain, 291 votes; Candice Harold, 226 votes; and Terry Revels, 28 votes.
In the Ward 4 City Council race, Anetia Ramseur Wright, with 331 votes, and Hank L. Guess, with 160 votes, will advance to the November election.
In Ward 5, David P. Zagaroli and Joe Brannock will oppose each other in November. Zagaroli won 567 votes and Brannock won 137 votes in Tuesday’s election.
Ward 6 incumbent Jill Johnson Patton ran unopposed.
Wright worked as a CPA for 24 years and has run a family business since 1995.
Inglefield, a physician who specializes in allergy and asthma medicine, campaigned on the need for new blood in city government. He advocated term limits and the need for senior city staff to be more transparent and accountable.
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