Municipal election results were considered official following the completion of the canvas on Tuesday by the Yadkin County Board of Elections. In several area towns, there will be some new faces on the local boards in January.
In East Bend, incumbent town commissioner David Frederick was ousted by only one vote, losing his seat to write-in candidate Mae Luffman. Luffman received 22 write-in votes and Frederick’s 21 votes.
“I’m very excited,” said Luffman, a resident of East Bend for 20 years. Luffman said she did stage a write-in campaign to be elected to the board. This will be her first time serving on a town board and she said she just wanted to see how things operate at first, though she did have some goals she wanted to see happen for the town.
“I’d like to get the sidewalks fixed and get them out to various places like the post office,” Luffman said. “And see some commerce come in to the town.”
Also elected to the town board as commissioners in East Bend were newcomer Kyle Matthews with 55 votes and Larry Adams, the current mayor, with 53 votes. Also elected to fill an unexpired term from a prior commissioner was newcomer George Burns, who received 48 votes. Commissioner Archie Hicks was elected to serve as mayor with a total of 59 votes.
In Boonville, newcomer Devin Carter will join the board in January. Carter received 16 votes by write-in. Incumbents William Paul Baity and Tony Reece were reelected to their seats on the board with 40 votes each.
Incumbents Wayne Moore and Tracy Wall reclaimed their seats on the town council in Jonesville with 117 and 125 votes, respectively. Judy Wolfe also will join the board. She received 111 votes, beating out competitors Tommy Casstevens (85 votes) and Danny Lewis (80 votes).
“Thank you, Jonesville, for the votes of confidence,” Wolfe said on her Helping Jonesville Grow campaign Facebook page following the election. “I look forward to working and serving you and your interests as a member of the Jonesville Town Board. I pledge to exercise my vote and voice to represent you, to listen to your concerns and to be a catalyst in helping Jonesville grow.”
Wayne Moore said he, too, was pleased with the outcome of the election, across the board. “I’m very pleased to be reelected since I decided to run again. I’m looking forwarding to serving the folks of Jonesville another four years,” he said.
Moore said he also wants to see Jonesville thrive and grow.
“Over the next four years, I hope to see improvement in the beautification area and keeping Jonesville looking better, especially in the entrances to town,” he said. “I really would like to see some new business and new employment in Jonesville. I think it’s critical for Jonesville to grow we need another employer or two to increase the tax base and provide employment for our citizens. Small businesses are great, but we need some company that could be a larger employer, too.”
Yadkinville incumbents Monta Davis-Oliver, Tony Hall and Betty Driver all ran unopposed and reclaimed their seats as town commissioners with 52, 50 and 53 votes, respectively. The three were out together outside the polling location in Yadkinville on election day, smiling despite the dreary weather and low turnout. The trio agreed that they must be doing something right since no one came forward to contest their reelection.