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Incumbents sweep Buncombe town races in low turnout
Monday, 02 December 2019 22:21

From Staff Reports 

Incumbents for governing bodies in Buncombe County’s towns of Woodfin and Weaverville swept the Nov. 5 elections, which had low turnouts and a scarcity of challengers.

About 5.1 percent of the registered voters for the races cast ballots, while in the 2017 municipal races, 23.3 percent of voters turned out.

In a ranking of the populations of Buncombe County’s municipalities, Woodfin ranks third, behind Asheville, the leader; and Black Mountain.

Woodfin Mayor Jerry VeHaun, who run unopposed, won with 92.8 percent of the vote (233) , with miscellaneous write-ins capturing 7.2 percent (18).

Also all three incumbent running for the three Woodfin aldermen seats were victorious, topping the lone challenger, Linwood Nichols. 

In the Woodfin alderman’s race, Ronnie Lunsford finished first, with 31.9 percent of the vote (240), followed by Donald Honeycutt, 31.1 percent (234); and Jim Angel, 19.3 percent (145). In failing to finish in the top three, Nichols tallied 15.5 percent (117), while miscellaneous write-ins garnered 2.3 percent (17).

Meanwhile, the incumbents won the races for three seats each on Weaverville Town Council and the Woodfin Sanitary Water and Sewer District Trustees.

For Weaverville council, Patrick Fitzsimmons led the pack with 37 percent of the vote (189), followed by Jeff McKenna, 31.7 percent (167); and Andrew Nagle, 29.8 percent (152). Miscellaneous write-in votes won 0.6 percent (3).

For Woodfin Sanitary and Water and Sewer District Trustees, Sarah Gassaway, swept the way to first with 38 percent of the votes (149); followed by Ivo Ballentine, 29.9 percent (117); and Don Haynes, 29.6 percent (116). Miscellaneous write-in candidates captured 2.6 percent (10.)



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