Former Commissioners Beth Cashion and Brian Jenest chose not to seek re-election and former Commissioners Stacey Anderson and Rodney Graham lost their bids to return to the dais. Former Mayor John Woods lost in a three way competition for Mayor against former Commissioner Laurie Venzon and political newcomer Rusty Knox.
Taking their places in a landslide were Commissioners Matthew Fort, David Sitton, Autumn Rierson Michael, and Jane Campbell. Mayor Rusty Knox cruised to a major victory in the Mayor's race, capturing nearly 57% of the vote.
Commissioner Jim Fuller is the only incumbent from the previous Board.
With only one incumbent, there was a perceived risk among some in the community that a lack of "experience" on the Board would be a detriment to the town. However, nothing has been proven to be further from the truth. In less than 2 years in office this Board composed of newcomers has:
- Moved the Beaty Street Park forward
- Purchased the old IB Middle School property for future town needs and preserved a piece of town history
- Confronted policies former that encourage runaway development
- Moved the Mi-Connection "problem" towards resolution earlier than expected sith the company now up for sale.
Two years is a short time in politics though, and filing for this year's municipal elections starts this Friday, July 5th, and runs for two weeks ending on July 19th. See the Board of Elections site details.
Will the old guard make a run at retaking control of the Board? Will there be any open seats with sitting Commissioners stepping down? Will the electorate that turned out last time become complacent and sit this one out? What will be the big issues that drive this election?
This are all questions that will start to be answered on Friday. Stay tuned here at aShortChronicle for coverage on all of them over the next few months.