MOORESVILLE – The Town of Mooresville and the Mooresville Graded School District boards will welcome both new and familiar faces after the Nov. 7 election.
Mooresville residents re-elected Mayor Miles Atkins with a landslide vote of 80 percent against challenger James F. “Toodles” Ritchie.
However, the commissioners and MGSD races cut much closer.
For the Commissioner-At-Large seat, Gary West won with 1,107 votes, according to unofficial results on the N.C. Board of Elections website, over Angela Carruba Stutts, who had 1,015.
Current Commissioner David Coble did not seek re-election. West, who is a member of the Mooresville Planning Board, had about 51 percent of votes and Stutts with 47 percent of votes.
“I look forward to engaging our citizens and working with our mayor and fellow town commissioners to keep Mooresville a desirable place to live,” West wrote in an email. “Now the real work begins as I put to work the ideas I have. Growth is inevitable so let's make sure it meets our expectations and that we continue to make our downtown a great destination. Thanks to all my supporters! I appreciate your faith in me.”
Incumbent Commissioner Lisa Qualls will keep her seat for Ward 4 for the next four years. She beat out challenger Michael Goudreault with 54 percent of votes.
“I am proud of our results and accomplishments for the past six years and look forward to taking Mooresville to the next level,” Qualls wrote in an email.
Goudreault congratulated Qualls for the victory and thanked his friends and family for the support with his campaign.
“While this is obviously not the outcome that we were hoping for, I am blessed to have received such support and kindness from the people of Mooresville,” Goudreault wrote in an email. “My entire campaign has focused on transparency and accountability, and I sincerely hope that my fellow Ward 4 residents join me in continuing to hold our representatives to the highest standards. As to the future, I certainly hope that the newly elected commissioners keep an eye on the issues I raised during my campaign. I will never rule out future elections as I am young and politically minded and committed to this town and its success, but for now I intend to focus on my law practice and assisting my clients by being the best advocate for them I can possibly be.”
Barbara F. Whittington ended Danny Beaver’s 10 years of service as commissioner on Tuesday night, although the race was close. Whittington won by a mere 11 votes. She had 381, compared to Beavers 370, the website shows.
For MGSD, incumbents J. Leon Pridgen and Greg Whitfield will continue to serve on the school board. Kerry S. Pennell will take over for the unexpired term following a victory against Scarlett Inman. This position was previously vacated by Larry Wilson.
“I am grateful for those who supported me yesterday,” Whitfield wrote in an email. “I look forward to continuing to make MGSD the best district it can be. Working with the staff, students and administration to continue improving student achievement, safety and graduation rates will remain a priority. Additionally, we will continue to make sure our students are receiving a 21st century education so they may be successful in a global community.”
The N.C. Board of Elections website shows only 11.43 percent of the potential voters cast a ballot in Iredell County.