It was a good night to be the challenger in some Union County municipal races Tuesday, with incumbents going down to big defeats in Monroe and Weddington council races.
Voters across the county decided a range of races with several dozen seats up for grabs.
There also remained some unfinished business from October, when Monroe’s general election for city council led to a run-off Tuesday between incumbent John Ashcraft and challenger Surluta Anthony. In unofficial returns, Anthony beat Ashcraft, 61 percent to 39 percent.
A new majority is poised to take over the frequently-contentious Monroe board thanks to the results of the October general election, which did not require a run-off: Mayor Bobby Kilgore won re-election; and council seats went to incumbent Freddie Gordon and former police chief Debra Duncan.
There were no major problems reported at the polls around the county, Board of Elections Director John Whitley said. He said turnout appeared to be heavy in Weddington and Marvin. Countywide it was about 10 percent . Turnout for local races ranged from about 8 percent to 15 percent in the prior two elections.
In some other key Union County balloting, unofficial returns show:
• Indian Trail: Six people sought two council seats that were vacant when the incumbents, Darlene Luther and Robert Allen, decided not to run again. Gordon Daniels, David Drehs, Michael Faulkenberry, Scott Haydel Jerry Morse and Gary Savoie all competed for the seats in the fast-growing town, with Savoie and Daniels ending up as the top vote-getters.
• Weddington: Last month, Weddington’s council unanimously approved allowing the county to build a 1.5-million-gallon water tower in town over the objection of numerous residents who vowed to make it an issue in the election.
For mayor, with incumbent Walker Davidson not running, Bill Deter and Scott Robinson faced off, and Deter won with 61 percent of the vote. In council races, District 1 saw incumbent Werner Thomisser lose by a wide margin to Don Titherington, while in District 3, incumbent Daniel Barry lost handily to Michael Smith.
• Marshville: Voters overwhelmingly approved referendums to allow ABC stores to operate and to permit sales of mixed beverages in hotels, restaurants, private clubs, community theaters and convention centers.
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