Three incumbents re-elected in Statesville elections

Statesville voters returned three incumbent City Council members to office in Tuesday’s city elections.

With all seven precincts reporting, Roy West, Michael Johnson and Keith Williams won new four-year terms, according to complete but unofficial results. Under Statesville’s staggered election system, only three of the eight council seats were open this year. Mayor Costi Kutteh is midway through a four-year term.

In Ward 1, West, 67, who runs a construction company in Statesville, won his second term on the City Council, defeating Mark Kleinhenz, 171 to 91. In Ward 4, Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Johnson captured his fourth term on the council, defeating challengers Karen Keaton and Jamil Mauney. Johnson, 64, the owner of a development company, won 127 votes to Mauney’s 25 and Keaton’s 17.

In Ward 6, Keith Williams won his first full term, defeating Frederick Foster, 110 to 45. Williams was filling the remaining term of councilman Flake Huggins, who resigned last year after agreeing to a plea bargain in connection with two felony charges stemming from the 2011 election. Williams, 50, is director of patient financial services at Iredell Memorial Hospital.

Voter turnout was 7.42 percent.

The winners in Tuesday’s elections will be sworn in at 7 p.m. Dec.7 at City Hall.