Incumbent McRae defeats challenger Stewart-Payne 2,537-1,358 in Dist. 5 Jackson school board race
By Don Richeson / Staff
JACKSON COUNTY -- Incumbent Jackson County Dist. 5 School Board member Margaret McRae, whose district includes southern Jackson County, defeated challenger James Stewart-Payne 2,537 to 1,358 in the primary election Tuesday. The Glenville resident captured 64 percent of the votes cast to 34 percent for her opponent. The results are unofficial and are from the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement website. Because Jackson school board races are nonpartisan, the primary winners are the final winners -- there are no school board races in the November general election.
While the primary races overall were generally kind to the incumbents, who mostly held onto their seats, there were some surprises. Incumbent Jackson school board chairman Ken Henke was defeated by challenger Abigail Blakley Clayton in the Dist. 2 race. Clayton surpassed Henke 2,231-1,765.
In the Dist. 4 school board race, incumbent Ali Laird-Large successfully fended off challenger Brian McClure, 2,168-1,810.
Clerk of Court
Another race decided in the primary was for Jackson clerk of the court. In that contest, incumbent Ann Melton decisively defeated challenger Kim Poteet 2,377-739. Melton won by a more than 3-1 margin, capturing 76 percent of the votes cast to 23 percent for Poteet.
In the Jackson Republican sheriff race, Doug Farmer won the chance to take on incumbent Democratic Sheriff Chip Hall in the November general election. Farmer defeated challenger Brent McMahan by a more than 2-1 margin, 780-356.
Incumbent Republican Jackson County Dist. 1 County Commissioner Charles Elders defeated challenger Jarrett Crow, 888-247. Elders will face Democrat Gayle Woody in the November general election.
For more detailed results, be sure to pick up a copy of the May 16 print edition of the Crossroads Chronicle.