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Panel certifies election results

The Unicoi County Election Commission certified the results of the Nov. 4 election during a meeting on Monday, Nov. 17. A motion was made to pass all of the election results and the motion passed unanimously.
The results certified during the meeting were for the Town of Erwin and Town of Unicoi alderman elections, as well as the county results of the statewide elections, which contained issues such as Amendment One.
The commission also certified the results of the Erwin Liquor Referendums. The two referendums on the table regarded the permitted sale of liquor by the drink and liquor by the package. Both referendums passed which will allow for the sale and consumption of liquor in Erwin.
Administrator of Elections Sarah Bailey reported to the commission that the participation of the Nov. 4 election was the highest the county had seen in several years. Bailey suggested that the liquor referendums and the sensitive issue regarding Amendment One were likely the big draws to the polls for Erwin and Unicoi County.
In Erwin, Michael Baker, Gary Chandler and Virgil Moore won the three available seats for the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen. They are scheduled to be sworn in on Dec. 1 at Erwin Town Hall.
In Unicoi, Phil Hensley and Kathy Bullen won the seats for the Unicoi Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Hensley and Bullen were sworn in during Unicoi’s BMA meeting Monday night.