Election roundup: Incumbents retain control

A little more than 227,600 people out of Mecklenburg County’s 602,700 registered voters cast ballots in the mid-term elections on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Here’s a round-up of the elected representatives.

Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners
Democrats renewed their control of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. Incumbent At-Large representative Jennifer Roberts led the vote with 112,556 people casting their votes to re-elect the Democrat for her fourth term on the board.

If the preliminary vote totals hold, Democrats will hold five seats on the nine-member board.

Former Mecklenburg County Sheriff Jim Pendergraph, a Republican, was the second highest vote-getter in the race, with 111,622 votes, securing his place for one of the other two available At-Large seats on the board. Incumbent Democrat Harold Cogdell was voted back to the board with 106,596 votes.

At-Large representative Dan Murrey, a Democrat, was the only member of the board not to win re-election.

Democrat incumbents Vilma Leake, District 2, George Dunlap, District 3, and Dumont Clarke, District 4, all beat out their opponents. Incumbent Republicans Karen Bentley, District 1, Neil Cooksey, District 5 and Bill James, District 6, ran unopposed.

Roberts won all of the precincts in the northern portions of the Mountain Island area while Cogdell and Pendergraph won others in south Mountain Island.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff
Incumbent Democrat Chipp Bailey garnered 137,990 votes to beat out his Republican opponent Christopher Hailey who brought in 83,111 votes. Tuesday’s election was Bailey’s first after being appointed to the sheriff’s position in 2008 by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. Bailey won all Mountain Island precincts.

Mecklenburg County District Attorney
Republican Andrew Murray will become Mecklenburg County’s district attorney after beating out Democrat Michael D. Barnes, a city council member, with 52.07 percent of the vote. Murray will be the first new district attorney since 1974 when current DA Peter Gilchrist was first elected. Gilchrist decided not to run for reelection this year.
Barnes won most Mountain Island precincts, except for the two along the Catawba River and south of Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road.
Murray is a managing partner at Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine, Murray & Green law firm and a reserve commander with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.

N.C. House of Representatives
District 101

Democrat Beverly Earle easily beat out her opponent, Republican newcomer Rebecca Steen, with 74.25 percent of the vote. Earle will return to the N.C. House where she has represented northwest Mecklenburg County since 1995. Earle won nearly all of the precincts in her district, except for those in the western portion and near Mountain Island Lake, which went for Steen.

N.C. State Senate District 38
Democrat Charlie Dannelly was again re-elected to the state senate with 68.62 percent or 33,504 votes, accounting for more than double the votes his Republican challenger Cedric Scott garnered. Dannelly has represented west Mecklenburg County since 1995 and won all Mountain Island precincts except for the two along the Catawba River and south of Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road.

U.S. House of Representatives District 9
Incumbent Sue Myrick, the Republican candidate who has served in the U.S. Congress since 1995, was re-elected to represent North Carolina’s ninth district.  Myrick, who served as mayor of Charlotte from 1987 to 91, earned 158,162 votes to beat out Democrat Jeff Doctor, 69 percent to 31 percent.

U.S. House of Representatives
District 12
Democrat Mel Watt was re-elected to his seat in the U.S. House with 63.83 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Greg Dority, who drew 34.2 percent. Watt has served in the U.S. House since 1992 representing portions of Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Rowan, Davidson, Forsyth and Guilford counties. Watt won all precincts in the southeastern areas of Mountain Island that he serves.

U.S. Senate
Republican Incumbent Richard Burr will return to Washington after earning 54.93 percent of the statewide vote, beating out Democratic opponent Elaine Marshall and Libertarian opponent Michael Beitler.  Marshall earned 42.93 percent and Beitler earned 2.09 percent.
Burr has served in the U.S. Senate since 2005.

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