Vivian Jones easily defeated challenger Bill Randall in Wake Forest mayoral race

sbarr@newsobserver.comNovember 10, 2013 

Vivian Jones

LYNN CANEZ

  • Results Voters also headed to the polls in Creedmoor, Rolesville and Youngsville, among other cities and towns. Creedmoor Commissioners

    In a crowded field of six candidates, newcomers Del Mims and Tom Jackson captured seats on the city’s Board of Commissioners long held by incumbents Otha Piper Jr. and John Stallings.

    Jerry Holmes →  6.87%

    Thomas C. Jackson →  23.95%

    Del Mims →  36.64%

    Otha Piper Jr. (i)→  13.84%

    Tony Santangelo →  8.21%

    John Stallings (i) →  10.31%

    Creedmoor Mayor

    Mayor Darryl Moss ran unopposed and was re-elected.

    Darryl Moss (i)→  80.47%

    Rolesville Commissioners

    Incumbents Ronnie Currin, Frank Hodge II and Betty P. Whitaker ran unopposed and were re-elected to the town’s Board of Commissioners.

    Ronnie Currin (i)→  32.46%

    Frank Hodge II (i)→  34.10%

    Betty P. Whitaker (i)→  31.15%

    Youngsville Mayor

    Political newcomer Fonzie A. Flowers won the town’s mayoral election, beating out fellow newcomer Deborah Palmer.

    Fonzie A. Flowers →  75.97%

    Deborah Palmer →  24.03%

    Youngsville Commissioners

    Cat Redd, the only incumbent in a field of six commissioner candidates, won re-election. Terry D. Hedlund and Larry Wiggins won the two open seats.

    Scott Anderson →  14.45%

    Thomas Dement →  6.78%

    George Blaine Dillard →  10.62%

    Terry D. Hedlund →  21.53%

    Cat Redd (i)→  19.47%

    Larry Wiggins →  26.55%

— Mayor Vivian Jones won a fourth term Tuesday, easily defeating challenger Bill Randall in a race focused on whether 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 Randall’s 28.27 percent, with all Wake and Franklin county precincts reporting.

Throughout the campaign, Jones touted the town’s top financial rating, greenway system and revitalized downtown as evidence she’s 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 what’s going on,” she said of Tuesday’s results. “They feel comfortable with the direction we’re headed in, and they feel comfortable with me leading the charge.”

Randall didn’t publicly challenge any of Jones’ decisions during the campaign but said he wasn’t 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 town’s 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 2012 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 mayor’s track record.

“I care about how this town develops,” she said.

Incumbent Margaret Jones Stinnett also won another term on the town’s Board of Commissioners, capturing 30.68 percent of the votes. During Stinnett’s campaign, she stressed her experience on the board and the importance of the institutional knowledge she would bring to the job.

Jim Thompson, chairman of the town’s 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.

One of the top issues the reconfigured Wake Forest board will deal with next year is a possible $25 million bond referendum that would help pay for projects such as new sections of Joyner Park, greenways and roadway improvements.

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