The 2015 municipal election preliminary unofficial results are in with changes in leadership in both Walnut Cove and King.
Walnut Cove residents also voted to allow the sale of mixed beverages in the town, voting 139 for and 111 against the initiative.
In King,the two open City Council seats went to newcomer Rick McCraw, with 289 votes, and incumbent Brian Carico, with 211 votes, beating out incumbent Dillard Burnette, with 172 votes, and challenger Thomas Enterline, with 177 votes. Mayor Jack Warren, who was running unopposed, was reelected with 359 votes.
In a hotly contested contest for the Walnut Cove Town Board of Commissioners Charles Mitchell took the stop spot, with 115 votes, followed by Danny Hairston, with 111 votes, for two open seats.
Incumbent Elwood Mabe took the third spot, with 106, votes. This is important because several commissioners have said they may consider appointing the person who came in third in the election to fill the recently vacated seat of former Commissioner Natalie Smiley. Incumbent Kim Lewis got 59 votes, Charles Byron got 46 votes and Sandra Hazelwood got 40 votes.
Mayor Lynn Lewis was reelected with 186 votes in an uncontested race.
In Danbury, Mayor Janet Whitt, 21 votes, and Councilmen Steve Shelton, 18 votes, and Gary East, 23 votes, all easily won reelection in uncontested races.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.