HICKORY Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright cruised to victory over challenger Joseph “Jody” Inglefield in Tuesday’s election, with 2,632 votes to Inglefield’s 2,116 in complete but unofficial returns.
The win secured Wright four more years in office. Wright has already held office for 12 years.
“I want to thank the people of Hickory who voted today,” Wright said. “I promise them that once again, I promise to be the mayor of all people, if the results turn out in my favor.”
Inglefield could not be reached for comment.
The mayor’s race was contentious and even personal at times. During a mayoral forum in September, Inglefield called for fresh leadership and harshly criticized the current leadership in City Hall.
Wright expressed frustration with what he viewed as personal attacks.
“It’s disappointing, from my standpoint, that the people running against me – it’s been more about personal issues and settling scores, instead of issues affecting the community, like jobs,” said Wright.
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