Andrews appears to edge out Boyles for mayor

Nov. 06, 2013 @ 08:37 AM

Former Mayor Fran Andrews appears to have narrowly won back her seat against current Mayor Carlton Boyles Tuesday.

Andrews edged Boyles by eight votes, according to unofficial returns from the Randolph County Board of Elections, or 398-390 votes. Write-in candidate Karen Bridges, who didn’t seek her seat on council again, got 195 votes.
The race for mayor was a rematch from four years ago. Boyles won a three-candidate race for mayor in 2009, unseating Andrews.
In Ward 1, incumbent Kristen Varner lost to Gene A. Byerly by 555 to 396 votes, according to unofficial returns.
Ward 4 Councilman Tommy Johnson lost to Don Payne while Ward 2 Councilman Barry Lambeth appears to have edged challenger Steve Lawing by four votes.
In Ward 3, Jesse Hill rolled past Tyler Earnst to fill Bridges’ seat.
Trinity’s local elections culminated years of controversy over a variety of issues that have led to heated exchanges at council meetings. The disputes have included whether to develop land for a park, extend water and sewer lines for commercial development and zone parcels for land use in the city.
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High Point and Archdale didn’t have municipal elections Tuesday because the two cities hold local elections in even-numbered years. Local races in Jamestown and Wallburg were uncontested.