Politics & Government

Two incumbents, one newcomer in Catawba County

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s election showed that Kitty Barnes and Randy Isenhower reclaimed their seats on the Catawba Board of County Commissioners. Newcomer Sherry Edmonds Butler also won a seat.

In Hickory, voters approved two bonds totalling $40 million to fund beautification projects and industrial and commercial development. The $25 million referendum for beautification passed by 60.05 percent to 39.95 percent; the $15 million for commercial development passed by 55.49 percent to 44.51 percent.

With all 40 precincts reporting, Isenhower led the voting with 28.34 percent, followed by Barnes, with 27.66 percent and Butler, with 26.66 percent. The top three vote-getters will win seats on the board.

Other candidates were Charlotte Williams, the only Democrat in the race, with 15.87 percent, and Ed Ide, an unaffiliated write-in candidate who received 1.48 percent.

Butler, 54, the executive director of the Green Room Community Theater Inc. and the chairwoman of the Catawba County Board of Education, said she would focus on creating jobs, improving education and exploring public-private partnerships. She also said she would make it a point to inform the public about job opportunities and educational programs.

Isenhower, 60, a partner with a Newton law firm, is running for a second term. He said he would focus it on exploring more ways to attract young people to the area and improve quality of life.

For Barnes, 66, her re-election bid centered on workforce development and seeking public-private partnerships to help create jobs. She has served on the board since 1998, currently as its chairwoman.

Turnout was light, with only 44.346 voters casting ballots. The county has about 102,000 registered voters.

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