Voters re-elect 7 incumbents in Thomasville

Mayor Bennett to serve 11th year
Nov. 06, 2013 @ 11:07 AM

Mayor Joe Bennett will begin his 11th year as mayor of Thomasville after winning 63 percent of votes in Tuesday’s election.

Bennett faced a challenge from Earl Harrison and J.W. Mathis.

The City Council race in Thomasville was competitive with 12 candidates — including six incumbents — running for the seven at-large seats. All six incumbents kept their seats with the addition of one newcomer, Joe Leonard. Councilwoman Jackie Jackson isn’t seeking another term, which left her seat open for a challenger.

Because of the number of candidates, each one won by 12 percent of votes or less. 

One other contested local race took place in the Davidson County town of Midway, where Councilwoman Sue Stephens isn’t seeking another term. Two incumbents and three challengers faced off for three seats on the Midway Town Council. Keith A. Leonard, one of the challengers, captured a seat along with incumbents John Byrum and Robin S. Moon, who won with 26 percent and 25 percent of votes, respectively.

Midway has 3,361 registered voters according to Davidson County Board of Elections. About 900 Midway residents had voted.

The municipal elections are nonpartisan, meaning the party affiliation of the candidates doesn’t appear on the ballot.

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