Politics & Government

Iredell County Board of Commissioners: Incumbents Steve Johnson and Marvin Norman and challenger James Mallory win GOP primary for three seats.

With all precincts reporting, incumbents Steve Johnson and Marvin Norman and political newcomer James Mallory were the top three vote-getters for three seats on the Iredell County Board of Commissioners in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

Unopposed, the two Democratic candidates, Lydia Sullivan and Kenneth “Trooper” Ward, automatically moved on to the November general election.

Longtime sheriff’s investigator Darren Campbell won the Republican primary for sheriff Tuesday, while Rick Ervin won the Democratic primary, according to Tuesday’s unofficial returns. Sheriff Phil Redmond is retiring.

Mooresville voters approved $20 million in street and sidewalk bonds, 62.94 percent to 37.06 percent, and $10 million in parks and recreation bonds, 54.72 percent to 45.28 percent, according to unofficial returns.

Challenger John Fraley beat incumbent Robert Brawley in the Republican primary for the state House District 95 seat, which covers southern and eastern Iredell, 50.93 percent to 49.07 percent. Fraley had 2,870 votes to Brawley’s 2,765.

County commissioner Renee Griffith, meanwhile, lost her bid to unseat incumbent Jim Mixson in the Republican primary for the four-year Iredell County Clerk of Superior Court seat.

With all precincts reporting, Mixson had 32.00 percent of the vote, followed by Ron “Duck” Wyatt with 27.63 percent, Dustin McCrary with 24.92 percent, Griffith with 12.29 percent, and Robert Gordie Jr. with 3.18 percent.

In the Republican primary for sheriff, Campbell had 50.23 percent, followed by Mark Nicholson with 31.74 percent, Bill Redmond with 8.29 percent, Wayne Ashley with 7.67 percent, and Raven Lunsford with 2.08 percent, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting.

In the Democratic primary for sheriff, Ervin won with 47.29 percent, followed by Bill Moore with 39.39 percent and Atley Brown with 13.31 percent.

Incumbent Matthew McCall won the Republican primary for another four-year term as register of deeds over Kimberly Harrell by 73.95 percent to 26.05 percent, with all precincts reporting.

For the Iredell-Statesville Board of Education, Max James won District 1, Cindy Haynes won District 3, Martin Page was elected in District 5 and Anna Bonham in District 7.

School board seats are elected during the primary and are four-year terms.

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