Women dominated the three municipal elections in Wilkes County Tuesday, winning six of the eight positions on the ballots.

The Wilkes Board of Elections announced the following results, which are considered unofficial until the board canvasses them in a few days.

In North Wilkesboro

Newcomer Angela Day, with 238 votes, finished first out of six candidates for two North Wilkesboro commissioner seats.

Incumbent Debbie Ferguson finished second with 216 votes. Ferguson will be serving her fourth four-year term on the North Wilkesboro board.

The others in the race were Michael Parsons with 203 votes, Bart Hayes with 96 votes, Larry Taylor with 82 votes and Rob Horn with 16 votes. Hayes was an incumbent and Parsons and Taylor were seeking elected office for the first time.

With 292 votes, Robert Johnson will return for a third four-year term as North Wilkesboro mayor. Newcomer Adam Higdon garnered 156 votes in the mayoral race. There were two write-in votes for mayor.

In Wilkesboro

Incumbent Russ Ferree, with 274 votes, and Nellie Archibald, with 235 votes, won the two Wilkesboro Town Council seats on the ballot.

Ferree will be serving his second term. Archibald didn’t seek re-election after she was elected to her first four-year term in 2009.

Andy Soots drew 218 votes in an unsuccessful bid for a second four-year term on the Wilkesboro Town Council.

There were three write-in votes.


The women elected to the three Ronda commissioner seats on the ballot were Joann Royal with 58 votes, Kay Luffman with 57 votes and Helen Porter with 45 votes. Royal and Luffman were write-in candidates and Porter was an incumbent.

The other Ronda candidates were incumbents Gene Fowler and Rheajean Benge, with 36 and 26 votes respectively. Three additional write-in votes were cast.

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