Tuesday, 06 November 2007 17:59
Wilkes County Election results had a few surprises, namely
Wilkesboro’s councilman turned mayor-elect.
Town Councilman Mike Inscore won
the mayor race with 464 votes. Pete Mann earned 273 votes- a good turnout, but
not enough to keep Wilkesboro Town Council from having to appoint an Inscore
replacement. The Council will have to appoint someone to fill his two-year
council term. Wilkesboro’s town council race seated Jimmy C. Hayes with 304
votes and Sam Stroud with 364 votes. Losing contenders were J. Gary Johnson
(304 votes), Claude Andrew (Andy) Soots (262 votes) and Jim Beckwith (121
Meanwhile, in North Wilkesboro, newcomer Jeffrey Elmore (253
votes) and incumbent Bert Hall (280 votes) were elected to town commissioner
seats. Not elected were Leonard A. Baugham, Sr (214 votes), Jimmy Foster (207
votes), Steven Foster (former mayor, 173 votes) Eric Williams (152 votes), Phillip
M. Keener (64 votes), Billy Joe “Crow” Church (49 votes) and Robert L. Cheek
Ronda, smallest of the three Wilkes municipalities, was the one
to watch. While Victor Varela with 90 votes is the clear Mayor-elect (Derie
Cheek Reece lost with 60 votes), the council race proved more difficult.
A write-in candidate took the majority: Maria Soots,
with 81 votes, shook things up for balloted candidates Rex Ashley (76 votes)
and Kevin Reece (59 votes). Ashley will join Soots on the council.