Leaders were guaranteed to change in Lincoln County since several officials, including those serving on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and in the role of sheriff, opted not to seek re-election.
However, even in a midterm election that brought out more than 54 percent of eligible voters, there weren’t too many surprises based on unofficial results on the N.C. Board of Elections website.
Though in Mecklenburg County Democrats unseated some of the Lake Norman-area Republican incumbents, that wasn’t the case for Lincoln County.
N.C. House District 97 Rep. Jason Saine earned more than 70 percent of the votes against Democratic challenger Natalie Robertson.
“A huge thank you to the voters of Lincoln County,” a post on the Jason Saine for N.C. House Facebook page states. “I am humbled by your continued support.”
And despite a primary race that had more than six people on the ballot to represent the Republican party for the sheriff seat since Sheriff David Carpenter decided to step down, the November tally was much less contentious.
Bill Beam, a current Lincoln County commissioner, trounced unaffiliated opponent Alan Hoyle with more than 80 percent of the votes.
“Thank you, thank you all, first thank you to my Lord and Savior all honor and glory to him,” a post read on Bill Beam’s Facebook page at 11 p.m. election night. “Thank you to my family. Thank you Sheriff Carpenter. Thank you to my law enforcement family deputies and detention. Thank you citizens of Lincoln County, as we look to the future.”
In another contested race, Republican incumbent Fred Hatley ran away with the position of Lincoln County Clerk of Superior Court with more than 73 percent of votes.
Lincoln County Board of Education
Familiar faces were running for the board of education at-large position. Tony Jenkins returns to the seat having served in previous terms. He garnered nearly 59 percent of the votes compared to challenger Clarissa Metts Hill’s and Clifidean Foster Bethea’s 22.5 percent and 17.86 percent, respectively.
Joan Avery earned nearly 53 percent of the votes for Lincoln County Board of Education District 2, while Clayton C. Mullis had 46 percent. D. Todd Wulfhorst was running unopposed for his District 5 seat.
Lincolnton City Council
In City of Lincolnton council races, less than 50 votes split Jim Watson, who had 1,506 votes, from Fred Jarrett for the unexpired term of the Lincolnton City Council Ward 2 seat.
Mary Frances White edged out Paul Eurey Jr. for Lincolnton City Council Ward 1. White earned 1,639 votes to Eurey’s 1,497, the unofficial votes show.
Martin Eaddy took home 57 percent of the votes, more than 400 ahead of his opponent Derek Thom, for Lincolnton City County Ward 3.
Uncontested elections included:
• Milton H. Sigmon and Bud Cesena will serve on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Neither got more than 55 percent of votes, though people could pick two out of two candidates on the ballot.
• Danny R. Hester received 100 percent of the votes for the role of Lincoln County register of deeds.
• Ed Hatley remains the Lincolnton mayor following his uncontested race.
Lincoln County voters were largely for most of the state amendments, including protecting the right to hunt and fish; strengthening victims’ rights; capping the income tax rate of 7 percent and – with 74 percent of the votes – requiring a photo ID to vote.
However, Lincoln County citizens were against the nonpartisan judicial merit commission amendment with nearly 62 percent of votes and against the bipartisan board of ethics and elections amendment with a vote of 56 percent.
Those results were all in line with how the people across the state cast a ballot, though not all of the N.C. precincts had submitted their results by press deadline.
County votes went to Patrick McHenry for U.S. House of Representatives District 10. McHenry won the election for the state with 59 percent, according to unofficial votes.
And Ted Alexander, who unseated incumbent David Curtis during the primaries, took nearly 72 percent of votes for N.C. State Senate District 44 in Lincoln County, unofficial results show. Statewide, Alexander won with nearly 69 percent of the votes.
For more information about the results, go to the North Carolina State Board of Education website.