• With Gayle Woody’s Nov. 6 election win over Charles Elders, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners will now have a Democratic majority -- and a woman. (Contributed photo,)
    With Gayle Woody’s Nov. 6 election win over Charles Elders, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners will now have a Democratic majority -- and a woman. (Contributed photo,)

With Gayle Woody's win, Jackson will have a Democratic majority board of commissioners starting in 2019

Chairman Brian McMahan fends off challenge by Dist. 3 Commissioner Ron Mau

By Don Richeson / Staff

SYLVA -- Starting in 2019, Jackson County will have a Democratic-majority board of commissioners. That’s because Democratic challenger Gayle Woody won the District 1 commission seat in the Nov. 6 election, ousting longtime Republican incumbent Charles Elders. Overall, Woody received 8,049 votes to Elders’ 6,882 votes, though Elders surpassed Woody in all the “reliably red” southern Jackson County voting precincts. Woody captured 53.91 percent of the total vote to Elders’ 46.09 percent.

The two Democrats already on the commission -- Dist. 2 Commissioner Boyce Deitz and Chairman Brian McMahan -- were able to fend off Republican challengers in the election. Although Republican Dist. 3 Commissioner Ron Mau lost his bid to unseat McMahan for the chairman’s seat, he will retain his current seat, which wasn’t up for election this time. The second Republican still on the commission -- Dist. 4 Commissioner Mickey Luker, also was not up for election this time.

The unofficial results with 100 percent of the precincts reporting are from the North Carolina State Board of Elections website, https://er.ncsbe.gov.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the Nov. 14 print edition of the Crossroads Chronicle for detailed election results.

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