Rushing reclaims seat on Union board

abell@charlotteobserver.comJuly 15, 2014 

Stony Rushing beat Tracy Kuehler for a seat on the Union County Board of Commissioners.

With all 52 precincts reporting, Rushing had 59.16 percent of the vote in the Republican primary runoff. Both Rushing and Kuehler are former county commissioners.

The face-off was needed because in May, neither candidate won enough votes in the primary election to avoid a runoff. In that race, nine people had sought three seats on the board.

The five-member, all Republican board will remain in Republican hands. No Democrats ran for the office.

Incumbent Jerry Simpson, the board’s vice chair was the top vote getter in May. He actually was the only one with enough votes to avoid a runoff.

But when fifth-place finisher Kim Ormiston decided not to seek a runoff, that meant the person with the second-highest vote total, Lance Simpson, also won a seat on the board.

Rushing had finished in third place during that election, 101 votes ahead of Kuehler. At the time, Kuehler said she had gone back and forth on whether to seek a runoff, but felt like she owed it to her supporters to fight on.

One-term commissioners Todd Johnson and Jonathan Thomas chose not to run for re-election for the four-year seats.

Bell: 704-358-5696; Twitter: @abell

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