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Incumbents Strong in Voting--With Notable Exceptions PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 06:22

Voters across the High Country were generally kind to incumbents—with some exceptions—and there will be some new faces on town boards.  In Boone, there will be a new face on the town council—but there was going to be anyway, with Stephen Phillips not seeking reelection.  Into that seat, Allan Scherlin took third in balloting yesterday and wins a two year term, while Andy Ball was the top of yesterday’s balloting, 50 votes ahead of Lynne Mason.
In Blowing Rock, longtime Mayor J.B. Lawrence easily won over current town council member Tommy Klutz, who has two years left on his council term. Lawrence has held the mayor’s office since 1997, but this election was the first contested mayor race since 1999. But in the town council race, Phillip Pickett is out, newcomer Dan Phillips is in along with incumbent Albert Yount.
Seven Devils voters, with Mayor Bob Dodson dropped out of the race, saw  newcomers Larry Fontaine and Brad Lambert elected along with incumbent Kathryn Copley.
Beech Mountain voters returned incumbents Alan Holcombe, Rick Miller and Rick Owen to their board.

In Ashe, West Jefferson voters swapped mayors, with Mayor Dale Hudler losing out to the man he beat four years ago, Dale Baldwin returned as mayor.  In the alderman race, incumbents Brett Summey and Tom Harman won out.
In Newland, six candidates, Suzie Potter, Donetta McKinney, and David Calvert won the three open seats on town council. 
In Banner Elk, four candidates, Charles VonCanon Jr., David Lecka and Allen Bolick won the three open seats. Brenda Lyerly ran unopposed for mayor.

In Elk Park, six candidates, Tommy Norman, Mike Smith, Daniel Boone, Tony Eller, and Joel Whitley won the five open seats as Elk Park’s citywide council members. John Boone was unopposed for mayor.

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