Lake Lure voters return incumbents Moore, Dotson-Silvey to office
Lake Lure voters returned two incumbent commissioners to the Town Council during Municipal Elections on Tuesday as all unofficial votes were reported before 9:30 p.m.
With all the unofficial votes counted and reported before 9:30 p.m., incumbent John W. Moore was the top vote getter, receiving 254 votes or 37.69 percent and incumbent Mary Dotson-Silvey received 186 votes or 27.60 percent of the votes.
“I’m a bit overwhelmed by the percentage of votes I got,” Moore said. “ I am disappointed that more people didn’t vote, but I think this speaks loud and clear that the folks in Lake Lure do not want anymore tax increases.”
Dotson-Silvey said, “I appreciate the folks who have supported me and will continue, hopefully, to do good work for the Town of Lake Lure.”
Other candidates, political newcomer Derek Papesh received 50 votes or 7.42 percent and Stephen Webber, also political newcomer, received 182 votes or 26.85 percent.
There were 674 votes cast in the race for town commissioner of the town’s more than 1,063 registered voters.
Moore and Dotson-Silvey will serve four years.
Mayor Bob Keith, who ran unopposed received 318 votes. His term is two years.
They will take office the first meeting in December.
During the campaign Moore said there have been many fiscal and physical improvements as well as operational efficiencies over the past four years, there is still much that needs to be done. “I want to be a part of making sure the quality of life and the beauty of the Hickory Nut Gorge is preserved,” he said.
Dotson-Silvey said the town has been able to get through some tough times recently. “We have seen tremendous progress in building community spirit, interest and involvement in moving forward and building. We have moved forward on a number of really exciting projects, some that have been completed, such as the marina, and some that are works in progress. I want to give my time and support to continue the good works we have begun, and to support the many citizens who are actively involved in activities and projects which are making Lake Lure an even more wonderful place for all of us,” she said.