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Hickory: Wright beats Inglefield

By Julia Sendor
Correspondent
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    Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright was leading the race Tuesday with 55.18 percent of votes.
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    Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright was leading challenger Joseph “Jody” Inglefield, with 55.18 percent of the vote to Inglefield’s 44.29 percent, with 19 of 23 precincts reporting in Tuesday’s election.

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  • Regional races: Full coverage
  • Results

    Mayor

    Rudy Wright →  2,632

    Joseph “Jody” Inglefield →  2,116

    (23 of 23 precincts reporting)

    Council Ward 4

    Hank L. Guess →  2,654

    Anetia Ramseur Wright →  1,822

    Council Ward 5

    David P. Zagaroli →  3,433

    Joe Brannock →  839

    Council Ward 6

    Jill Patton →  3,376

    Write-in →  424

    (23 of 23 precincts reporting)



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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