Democrats Price, Wheeler win
BAKERSVILLE – Phillip G. Price and David Wheeler have won the Mitchell County Democratic primaries for U.S. House of Representatives District 11 and NC State Senate District 47, respectively.
Mark Meadows won the Mitchell County Republican primary for U.S. House of Representatives District 11 with 1,620 votes, which powered him past his competitor Chuck Archerd who had 233 votes.
Price won the Primary in Mitchell County with 171 votes (54.63 percent). He defeated D. Scott Donaldson (74 votes) and Steve Woodsmall (68 votes).
In an official statement after the election, Price thanked voters and his family and congratulated his opponents.
Price added he senses he has momentum ahead of his race with Meadows in November.
“I’ve met enough disenchanted constituents to know he’d better watch out,” Price said about Meadows. “Voters are tired of his extremist politics. They want a congressman who will represent Western North Carolina, not a Washington insider who works for billionaires.”
Wheeler notched a decisive victory in Mitchell County, amassing 265 votes, which was good for 77.94 percent. Christopher H. Rumfelt (41 votes) and Cheryl D. Swofford (34 votes) finished behind Wheeler, who won District 47 by nearly 2,000 votes overall.
Wheeler, who lives and works in Spruce Pine, thanked voters for their support.
“We had a decisive win,” he said. “I’m grateful for support from voters.”
Wheeler has promised throughout his campaign to be a more active senator than incumbent Ralph Hise if given the opportunity.
“Now we are going to take on Ralph Hise and make sure all voters know he's under investigation for campaign finance issues, was paid a full-time salary by Mayland Community College while campaigning in his first campaign and we have lost jobs in this district,” Wheeler said. “I hope I'll get the chance to fight for all of our people not just Ralph's friends.”