2017 ELECTION: Vines re-elected mayor of Bakersville
BAKERSVILLE – Charles Vines has been mayor of Bakersville for 26 years and will continue serving in that capacity for another four-year term after defeating challenger Darlene Tipton Wise in the Tuesday, Nov. 7 Municipal Election by three votes, 61-58.
Mitchell County Board of Elections Director Roycene Jones said there are two provisional ballots that have not been counted for the town of Bakersville and the county board of elections will convene at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, to determine if they will be accepted and counted.
Jordon Baker and Ronald “Bo” Buckner won a three-way race for Bakersville Town Council. Baker received 72 votes and wins a four-year term because of getting the most votes. Bucker received 57 votes and will serve a two-year term. Council candidate Perry Wilson finished third with 52 votes and there were two write-ins.
Voter turnout in the Bakersville was less than 50 percent, as 121 of the 330 registered voters cast ballots.
In Spruce Pine Mayor Darla Harding was unopposed and received 77 votes to win her second two-year term. Spruce Pine Town Council members Larry McKinney and Jackie Rensink were also unopposed. McKinney, who is also mayor pro-tem, was the top vote-getter with 80. Rensink garnered 60 votes.
One provisional ballot was cast in the Spruce Pine races.
Election results will not be official until Nov. 17.