WAKE FOREST — Mayor Vivian Jones won a fourth term on Tuesday, easily defeating challenger Bill Randall in a race focused on whether or not the town is ready for the next stage in its growth.
Jones won 71.11 percent of the 2,575 ballots cast in the election to Randalls 28.27 percent, with all Wake and Franklin county precincts reporting.
Throughout the campaign, Jones touted the towns top financial rating, greenway system and revitalized downtown as evidence shes been a responsible and capable leader. She pledged to build on that foundation during another four-year term.
I think the residents are pleased with whats going on, she said of Tuesdays results. They feel comfortable with the direction were headed in, and they feel comfortable with me leading the charge.
Randall didnt publicly challenge any of Jones decisions during the campaign but said he wasnt sure the town is as prepared as it could be for the future. He urged Wake Forest officials to take a closer look at whether the towns taxes and zoning rules could be modified to attract more businesses.
Randall, a tea party favorite, won the GOP primary in 2010 for a U.S. House seat but lost in the general election to the Democratic incumbent, Brad Miller. He also ran in the 2010 GOP primary but did not win.
Outside the Wake Forest Community House on Tuesday evening, resident Nancy Miller said she cast her vote for Jones because of the mayors track record.
I care about how this town develops, she said.
Incumbent Margaret Jones Stinnett also won another term on the towns Board of Commissioners, capturing 30.68 percent of the votes.
Jim Thompson, chairman of the towns parks and recreation advisory board, won the other open seat on the board of commissioners, with 29.38 percent of the votes.
Thompson said he was elated and ready to tackle issues such as recreation, neighborhood connectivity and economic development.
We have so many great opportunities to continue to improve the town, he said.
The two other candidates, Mike Cole and Shinica Thomas, won 21.43 and 17.91 percent of the votes, respectively.