Stokes County voters now know who will be on the November ballot in local elections following preliminary results from the March 15 primary.
In the race for two open Board of Commissioners seats, county Republicans chose newcomer Ronnie Mendenhall, with 4,920 votes (36.06 percent), and incumbent Jimmy Walker, with 2,784 votes (20.4 percent), who will face Democrats Rev. Gregory Hairston and Micheal Hylton in the fall.
Third place was a close race between Becky Boles, with 2,002 votes (14.67 percent), and Randy Cook, with 1,972 votes (14.45 percent), followed by Allen Brown, with 1,019 votes (7.47 percent), and Dennis Robinson, with 947 votes (6.94 percent).
In the race for the 91st district North Carolina House of Representatives race incumbent Kyle Hall easily won the Republican nomination, with 4,255 county votes (55.34 percent) and 4,865 district-wide votes (43.84 percent), beating challengers Robert Knight, with 2,112 county votes (27.47 percent) and 3,394 district-wide votes (30.58 percent), and Ira Tilley, with 1,322 county votes (17.19 percent) and 2,839 district-wide votes (25.58 percent).
Hall will face Democrat Eugene Russell, of Mayodan, in the fall.
Statewide, voters overwhelmingly supported the Connect NC bond referendum, opening the pathway to millions of dollars of funding for Hanging Rock State Park, Pilot Mountain State Park, and Forsyth Tech. In Stokes County the money will be used for renovations to the Vade Mecum property and construction of a second building on the new Forsyth Tech campus.
In the presidential race both county and state Republicans supported Donald Trump, with 3,776 local votes (46.05 percent), followed by Ted Cruz, with 3,380 local votes (41.22 percent), John Kasich, with 516 local votes (6.29 percent), and Marco Rubio, with 326 local votes (3.98 percent).
The Democratic primary was not as close with Hillary Clinton winning both Stokes County and North Carolina, with 1,433 local votes (47.8 percent). Bernie Sanders took 1,319 local votes (44 percent).
Libertarian Gary Johnson got 8 local votes.
In the U.S. Senate Primary, Republican incumbent Richard Burr, with 5,159 local votes (66.12 percent), handily beat Greg Brannon, with 1,887 local votes (24.19 percent), Paul Wright, with 510 local votes (6.54 percent), and Larry Holmquist, with 246 local votes (3.15 percent).
Burr will face Democrat Deborah Ross, with 1,409 local votes (55.04 percent), in November. Ross defeated Kevin Griffin, with 448 local votes (17.5 percent), Ernest Reeves, with 438 local votes (17.11 percent), and Chris Rey, with 265 local votes (10.35 percent).
In the Governor’s race incumbent Pat McCrory won the local and statewide Republican nomination, with 6,063 local votes (77.86 percent), and N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper won the local and statewide Democratic nomination, with 2,156 local votes (77.55 percent). Republican challengers Robert Brawley, with 898 local votes (11.53 percent), and Charles Kenneth Moss, with 826 local votes (10.61 percent), provided little competition and Democratic candidate Ken Spaulding came in a distant second, with 624 local votes (22.45 percent).
Linda Coleman won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor, with 1,182 local votes (45.05 percent), followed by Holly Jones, with 818 local votes (31.17 percent), Robert Earl Wilson, with 329 local votes (12.54 percent), and Ronald L. Newton, with 295 local votes (11.24 percent).
Republicans picked Buck Newton, with 3,598 local votes (50.04 percent), over Jim O’Neil, with 3,592 local votes (49.96 percent), for the N.C. Attorney General office.
He will face Democrat Josh Stein, with 1,577 local votes (62.65 percent), who beat Marcus Williams, with 940 local votes (37.35 percent).
For more details on the local vote for other statewide primary elections please visit the Stokes County Board of Elections website.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.