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Voters opt for new leadership in Henderson elections
Monday, 02 December 2019 22:24

From Staff Reports 

Henderson County voters — almost across-the-board — chose newcomers in the Nov. 5 municipal elections in Hendersonville, Flat Rock, Fletcher and Mills River.

In Hendersonville, two young moms and business-owners — Jennifer Hensley and Lyndsey Simpson — finished with the highest number of votes in a four-candidate race for two seats on Hendersonville City Council.

Hensley, with 941 votes or 28.8 percent; and Simpson, with 928 votes or 28.4 percent; topped challenger Debbie Roundtree and three-term incumbent Steve Caraker. The last-place finish by Caraker was described as “a surprise to some election-watchers” in a Nov. 13 story in the Hendersonville Lightning. (Councilman Ron Stephens chose not to run again.)

“When they are sworn in next month (December), women will make up the majority on council for the first time, counting Mayor Barbara Volk, who was not up for election,” the Hendersonville Times-News noted in a Nov. 10 editorial.

“I think the city is evolving and it’s changing,” Simpson said of the significance of the election results, according to the Times-News. “There are new people that are moving here and they’re looking for a fresh perspective to come to Hendersonville.”

In Flat Rock, three newcomers won Village Council seats on a ticket opposing the state’s proposed plan to widen North Highland Lake Road. The Flat Rock council winners were Thomas Carpenter, Anne Colletta and David Dethero. 

Elected Flat Rock’s mayor was Nick Weedman, who ran unopposed. He has servd on council since 2003 and was the current vice mayor. 



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