|Aycock wins, Wilcox out. Next stop: Revote|
|Tuesday, 16 October 2007 20:58|
The 60 valid provisional ballots pushed Boone town council contender Liz Aycock into incumbent Dempsey Wilcox’s two-year slot.But don’t get comfortable with those results: a runoff election is scheduled for November 6.
Official election results show Loretta Clawson won the mayoral race with 57 percent of the vote. While early results put Stephen Phillips and incumbent Lynn Mason in four-year council seats, followed by Dempsey Wilcox in the two-year seat, yesterday’s new numbers took Wilcox out of the winning three. In his place is newcomer to the council, Liz Aycock, who overtook him by four votes. A member of the Boone planning board, Aycock had been hoping the provisional ballots would shift the race her way, and is delighted at the new results.
The numbers show Appalachian State University students made all the difference. In fact, Aycock was a leader in both ASU precincts. An ASU graduate herself, Aycock is particularly pleased with the student support.
She plans to campaign to keep her slot.
Both Wilcox and fifth place finisher incumbent Bunk Spann had the option of requesting a runoff. Wilcox made the request just after Election Canvassing yesterday.
Vote leader Stephen Phillips, who obtained over forty percent of last Tuesday’s votes, is safe from the runoffs.
He hopes the campaign for the November 6 revote can stay clean.
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