Some familiar faces elected in Union County races

Fast-growing municipalities in Union County produced some of the most hotly contested races around the Charlotte region Tuesday.

All results are unofficial.

Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner withdrew from the election, but did not do so in time to have her name dropped from the ballot. With all precincts reporting, Commissioner Stephen Maher easily won with 87.86 percent, Dustin Williams had 9.69 percent and Gardner had 2.27 percent.

Four newcomers sought two Waxhaw town commissioner seats. With all precincts reporting, Brenda Stewart had 38.37 percent, Fred Burrell had 36.2 percent, Mike Osborn had 16.84 percent and Amina Lee had 8.2 percent.

In the county’s largest municipality, Indian Trail Mayor Michael Alvarez beat challenger Roger Fish. With all precincts reporting, Alvarez had 52.54 percent and Fish had 46.34 percent.

And 11 people sought three seats on the town council. Two incumbents appeared to be losing.

With all precincts reporting, here is how candidates fared: Incumbent David Cohn, 18.99 percent, Amy Stanton, 17.91 percent, Mark Wireman, 15.33 percent, Pam DeMaria, 12.53 percent, Tiffany McGee, 12.07 percent, Tripp Melton, 10.68 percent, incumbent David Drehs, 5.59 percent, Michael Faulkenberry, 4.07 percent, Suzanne Schooler, 1.08 percent, incumbent Christopher King, 0.9 percent, and Gary Evans, 0.55 percent.

Elsewhere in the region:

▪ Two Concord city council seats saw contested elections.

In District 1, with all precincts in, Sam Leder had 64.11 percent, well ahead of Tom Small with 16.6 percent and Barbara Strang at 19.04 percent. In District 2, with all precincts in, Brian King had a commanding lead of 59.82 percent, Laura Blackwell had 29.54 percent and Earle Schecter had 10.48 percent.

The incumbents who held those seats did not run again.

▪ In Gastonia, Mayor John Bridgeman won re-election with 69.78 percent of the vote. Paulette Jackson Brice had 29.3 percent, with all precincts reporting.

▪ Belmont voters considered allowing an ABC store in the city. With all precincts in, Yes votes had 75.51 percent and No votes had 24.49 percent.

Adam Bell: 704-358-5696, @abell

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