Elections

JD Williams and David Jackson talk to a voter as Frederick Foster holds a sign to the side.

With the biggest lead between Statesville City Council candidates in Wards 1, 4 and 6 being 11 votes, some candidates prefer to wait for the official results before celebrating.

David Jones won the election in Ward 1 by 11 votes, and he said he’s waiting for an official ruling from the Board of Elections before he celebrates.

“I think the race was extremely close,” Jones said. “I’m excited.”

Jones said he wanted to make a difference and benefit the community. He held the narrow edge over Tim Dearman in the runoff.

Amy Lawton won the election in Ward 4 by nine votes. She was in second place in the October election and called for a runoff against James H. Pressly.

Frederick Foster, in Ward 6, had also called for a runoff after coming in second place in the Oct. 8 election. He won Tuesday by four votes, but by more than 1 percent of the total, over David Jackson.

“I’ve been planning for this for a long time,” Foster said.

Foster said he wanted to help Southside and bring issues affecting his community to council’s agenda.

Director of Elections Becky Galliher said the Board of Elections still had supplemental ballots to count. To determine if any of the candidates could call for a recount, she will run the results through an equation and study election procedures.

Galliher said she would know if any recounts are possible by the end of the week. Official results will be announced Nov. 15.

A total of 24 votes separated the two candidates in each of those races.Those elected will join Statesville City Council members William P. Morgan Jr., Steve Johnson, C.O. Johnson, Doris Allison and John Staford. Roy West Jr., Michael Johnson and Keith Williams opted not to run for reelection.

Across Iredell County, a total of 5,347 out of a possible 42,912 ballots were cast in the election, a turnout of 12.46 percent.

In the Oct. 8 election, 5.69 percent of possible ballots were cast.

In a similar election in 2015, 2,504 ballots of 8.54 percent of those eligible voted.

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