With absentee votes in and the results official, it’s certain what new faces will be sitting at Statesville City Council meetings in December.
David Jones won in Ward 1 by 11 votes. Amy Lawton won in Ward 4 by nine votes, and Frederick Foster won in Ward 6 by three votes.
The top two vote-getters participated in runoffs after the primary election in October. Lawton and Foster were in second place during primaries but won the election in November. Jones maintained his lead in both elections.
Foster and David Jackson, the candidate he ran against, are close enough to qualify for a recount. However, Board of Elections Director Becky Galliher said Jackson had not asked for a recount and the deadline for that has now passed.
“Voting is a right that is not to be taken for granted, and receiving support from those who exercise their right to vote is a blessing. I would like to thank all who participated in the election process,” Foster said. “Never fail to exercise that right. I’m appreciative of all the prayers, support and encouragement given to me throughout the campaign. I look forward to representing our ward.”
Foster said he wanted to bring issues important to Ward 6 to the council’s attention. Such problems include Ward 6’s lack of retail.
Jones said all three wards had close races.
“I respect all those who ran for office,” Jones said. “My hat goes off to those who won.”
Jones said he looked forward to representing his ward and bringing value to the council.
The winners will take their seats at the council meeting Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.