2 incumbents, 2 newcomers on BOE
BAKERSVILLE – The seats on Mitchell County Board of Education are set after two incumbents won re-election Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the General Election.
Five candidates were on the ballot seeking three seats.
Brandon Pitman, who was appointed this past August to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Sherry Bell, received the most votes of all candidates with 3,357. The win marks Pitman’s first full term on the school board.
“Thank you to all those who supported and voted for me during this election,” he said. “I am humbled and honored to have been elected to the Mitchell County School Board. I am committed to our students and teachers and will serve to the very best of my ability.”
Incumbents Kathy Young and Angela Burleson were elected to their second terms on the board. Young received the second-most votes overall with 2,983 and Burleson secured the third of three spots with 2,497 votes.
“My sincerest thanks to everyone who supported me in the election for the board of education,” Burleson said. “I am humbled and honored to be able to serve another four years representing Mitchell County students.”
Young said she initially planned to serve one term, but during that time things made her reconsider.
“There are several projects I have a passion for, and one term did not allow them to be fully implemented, such as the Day Treatment Program, so I decided to run for a second term,” she said. “I want to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Mitchell County for their support, and it is an honor to serve each of them.”
Tim Drum finished in a close fourth place with 2,249 votes and Chris Pitman, who dropped out of the race after a conflict of interest with his employer, garnered 2,141 votes and finished in fifth place.
A separate race between John Wilson and Brenda Sparks to fill Bell’s unexpired term was separated by just 46 votes, with Sparks winning with 2,602 votes to Wilson’s 2,556.
“I am grateful to all the resident s of Mitchell County that entrusted me with their confidence for Mitchell County Board of Education,” Sparks said. “Our children are our most important and cherished resource and the future of our county, state and country. I pledge to do everything in my power to ensure Mitchell County students have access to every resource and opportunity available and that our education is equal to any school system in North Carolina. Again, thank you for your vote.”