It was not a kind night for incumbent county commission candidates in Ashe or Avery, voters expressing themselves clearly in casting ballots. In Avery County, where 10 candidates were on the ballot, there will probably be a run-off, but just how many candidates will be involved is not yet clear, pending the canvass. Blake Vance came in first, followed by Maxine Laws, Incumbent Kenny Poteat came in third, but not above the 1255 votes needed to clear a run-off, followed by Faye Lacey. Incumbents Glenn Johnson and Phyllis Forbes are in 6th and 7th place in the unofficial returns.