By Jesse Wood
Nov. 7, 2012. In a county where residents voted more than 74 percent for the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket, it’s not suprising that all three Republican Avery County Board of Commissioners candidates won.
Although incumbent Kenny Poteat came in third in the voting, he received 2,600 more votes than the lone Democrat in the race – Douglas Owen. Poteat has been on the Avery County Board of Commissioners since 1994 and has been the chairman of the board since 2000.
Avery County Commissioners (3 Available Seats)
- Martha Jaynes Hicks (R) 5,357 30.73 percent
- Robert (Reo) Griffith (R) 5,037 28.90 percent
- Kenny R. Poteat (R) 4,819 27.65 percent
- Douglas Owen (D) 2,217 12.72 percent
N.C. Senate District 45
Dan Soucek (R) 5,358 75.41 percent
Roy Carter (D) 1,747 24.59
Soucek won 60.6 percent of the vote in the five counties represented by N.C. Senate District 45
N.C. House of Representatives District 85
Mitch Gillespie (R) 75.24 percent
J.R. Edwards (D) 24.76 percent
Mitch Gillespie (R) 68.48 percent
J.R. Edwards (D) 31.52 percent
U.S. House of Representatives District 11
Mark Meadows (R) 74.68 percent
Hayden Rogers (D) 25.32 percent
Mark Meadows (R) 57.4 percent
Hayden Rogers (D) 42.6 percent
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