Albemarle voters apparently decided to keep a Democrat in the mayor’s seat, but they elected Republicans in two of three contested city council races.
With returns counted from seven of the city’s eight precincts, Democrat Ronnie Michael appeared headed to victory over Republican Chris Bramlett. Michael had nearly 55 percent of the vote, to 45 percent for Bramlett.
The two were battling to fill the seat being vacated by Democrat Whit Whitley, who did not seek re-election.
In the race for council at large in Albemarle, incumbent Judy Holcomb was trailing. Holcomb, a Democrat, had 40 percent of the vote, to 59 percent for Republican Martha Hughes.
In final unofficial returns from the District 2 council race, Democrat Benton Dry II won with 54.91 percent. Republican Ed Underwood had 28.65 percent, and unaffiliated candidate Richard Morris had 16.45 percent.
And in final unofficial returns from the District 4 council race, Republican Chris Whitley led Democrat Jack Neel, 58.52 to 41.46 percent.
NEW LONDON: The write-in vote led the ticket for mayor, but it was unclear Tuesday night exactly who got those votes. The elections board reported that 42.86 percent of the votes went to a write-in candidate or candidates. Johnny Chestnut Jr. was second, with 35.37 percent, and Jane Hartley Van Sinderen finished third with 21.77 percent.
NORWOOD: With returns from both precincts, Beverly Johnson scored an easy victory in the mayor’s race. Unofficial returns showed Johnson with 62.34 percent of the vote, to 31.39 percent for James Lilly. Jerry Thomas was third with 6.06 percent.
STANFIELD: With unofficial returns from all three precincts, Kevin Barbee was the mayoral winner, with 67.05 percent. he beat Rick Huggins, who had 32.56 percent.
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