By Richard Rourk
The polls are closed and both the Town of Erwin and the Town of Unicoi will have new leadership.
Town of Erwin
According to unofficial election results released on Tuesday, Nov. 3, by the Unicoi County Election Commission, Glenn White will be the new mayor of the Town of Erwin. White earned 1,116 votes (43.9 percent) to defeat Michael Baker and Cathy Huskins in the race to replace retiring mayor Doris Hensley. Baker received 802 votes (31.5 percent), while Huskins received 612 votes (24.1 percent).
The Town of Erwin will also have two new aldermen. James M. “Mickey” Hatcher, who received 1,240 votes (32 percent) and Paula K. Edwards, who received 1,169 votes (30.2) percent won the two available seats on Erwin’s governing body.
Hatcher and Edwards defeated Rachelle Hyder-Shurtz, who received 748 votes (19.3 percent), and Gary Schwenke, who received 697 votes (18 percent), to make it on the board.
Town of Unicoi
In the Town of Unicoi, Kathy Bullen has defeated incumbent Johnny Lynch to be the town’s next mayor. Bullen received 1,034 votes (56.9 percent). Lynch received 778 votes (42.8 percent), according to unofficial results from the election commission.
Also in Unicoi, Debbie Bennett, who received 1,117 votes (42.8 percent), and Roger Cooper, who received 808 votes (30.9 percent), will be the next aldermen.
Incumbent Jeff Linville also ran for a seat on the Town of Unicoi Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Linville received 677 votes (25.9 percent).
Unicoi County Election Commission Administrator Sarah Fain also announced that Unicoi County had 74 percent turnout of eligible voters, which is a record for the county. The results of the Nov. 3 election will be certified by the Unicoi County Election Commission at a later date.
For a full story, including interviews with local winners, pick up a copy of the Nov. 11 issue of The Erwin Record.