Iredell sheriff: Campbell holds lead to win

Republican Darren Campbell won a three-way race Tuesday for Iredell County sheriff, and voters approved multi-million-dollar bond issues for schools in the county.

With all 29 precincts reporting, Campbell received 52.31 percent of the vote to Democrat Rick Ervin‘s 29.31 percent and unaffiliated candidate Sean Schutt‘s 18.38 percent.

“I'm deeply gratified by the support I received from the voters of Iredell County,” Campbell said Tuesday night. “With numerous issues facing our society today, I pledge to do everything I can to keep our residents safe in their homes, schools, businesses and houses of worship.”

Campbell is a major with the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, overseeing all criminal and narcotics investigations, homicide investigations, community-oriented policing operations, and the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team. He has worked at the Sheriff's Office for more than 20 years.

The race was a spirited contest highlighted by accusations of improper handling of sexual harassment cases involving Sheriff's Office employees.

In the bond referendum, county voters overwhelmingly approved a bond issue for schools by 55.79 percent to 44.21 percent. A similar, community college bond referendum passed 53.95 percent to 46.05 percent.

The bond issue enjoyed widespread community support and is designed to provide funds for capital improvements in the county’s two public school systems, as well as Mitchell Community College.

Troutman residents also approved a special ABC referendum 64 to 36 percent. It gives the Troutman Town Board the right to establish an ABC Store, either by establishing its own ABC Board or in conjunction with the Statesville or Troutman ABC Board.