Politics & Government

Cabarrus County: Challengers unseat all 3 incumbents

Three challengers appeared to be on their way to unseating three incumbents on the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners, in unofficial returns Tuesday, with all 46 precincts reported.

Political newcomer Diane Honeycutt was the leader for one of the three seats. Seven people sought the three seats.

Honeycutt, a Concord real estate agent, had 19.99 percent, followed by Grace Mynatt, a former member of both the county school board and the county board of commissioners, at 18.68 percent, and Cabarrus County school board member Lynn Shue at 17.08 percent.

Incumbents Larry Burrage, Chris Measmer and Jason Oesterreich all ran for another term in office, but none was in the top three in those returns. Oesterreich was appointed in mid-2013 to replace a commissioner who had resigned. Burrage is the board’s vice chairman.

The other candidate running was Trane business development director Chad Mockerman.

In one of the bigger issues so far this year, a divided board of commissioners has supported a cash-for-schools plan in March that Oesterreich had proposed which which cuts in half the amount of school bonds the school board wants to put to a referendum in November.

The five-person board is an all-Republican panel and will stay that way. No Democrat filed to run for the office.

A pair of four-year seats on the Kannapolis school board for Area I also were up for election. In that nonpartisan contest, unofficial early returns showed incumbents Danita Rickard and Millie Hall fending off challenger Oddy Crist. This was an election, not a primary.

Two legislative seats were in play in the Republican primary. N.C. Rep. Larry Pittman had a big lead over challenger Leigh Brown in District 82 of the N.C. House, 62.55 percent to 37.45 percent.

And state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell led opponent Fred Biggers for the District 36 seat, which represents mainly Cabarrus County and also covers part of Union County. In early returns, Hartsell had 60.71 percent to 39.29 percent for Biggers.

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