Unofficial Election Results

By Anna Oakes & Allison Haver (reporter@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: May. 8 | Modified: May. 8
Unofficial Election Results

Seth Banks stands outside of the GOP headquarters in Burnsville on primary election night.

Photo by Jonathan Austin



Seth Banks of Burnsville handily secured the 24th Prosecutorial District attorney’s seat with strong support in the southern counties of the district, according to unofficial primary election results.

Results announced on election night are unofficial; the election results will not be official until the canvass is held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13.

Banks faced two other Republicans in the primary — Britt Springer and Nathan Miller, both of Boone. According to unofficial State Board of Elections results, Banks secured 6,284 votes, or 48 percent of the district that includes Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties.

Springer finished second, with 4,321 ballots and 33 percent of the district’s votes, including a win in Avery County. Miller took Watauga County, but finished in third overall, with 2,494 votes, or 19 percent.

By securing at least 40 percent of the vote, Banks avoided a runoff election with the second-place finisher. No candidates from other parties filed for the seat, but Banks will need to secure at least one vote in the November general election to be officially elected to the district attorney’s office, Watauga County elections director Jane Ann Hodges said.

The race represents the first time the district attorney’s seat has been contested in at least three terms. Republican Jerry Wilson ran unopposed for three consecutive terms in office, retiring unexpectedly March 31 due to health reasons. Former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr is currently serving as interim district attorney until the new district attorney is sworn in following the general election.

The primary election’s purpose in the nonpartisan race for Watauga County Board of Education was to cull two from the slate of eight candidates for the general election ballot. It appears the two not advancing to the November election will be Josh Kanoy, with an unofficial tally of 1,645 votes, and Tiffany Christian, with 1,239 votes.

The six who appear to have advanced to the general election are Jay Fenwick, with 2,839 votes; Kurt D. Michael, with 2,415; Jason Cornett, 2,377; Ronald Holste, 2,292; Adam L. Trivette, 2,086; and Ron Henries, 1,941.

Two Republican primary elections took place in the Watauga County Board of Commissioners races for District 3 and District 5.

Jimmy Hodges easily outran his fellow former commissioner, Allen Trivette ,in District 5 for a chance to return to the board, with 2,282 votes to Trivette’s 1,170, in unofficial totals.

The District 3 Republican primary was much closer, with Karen Greene Lerch edging by with 1,605 votes over Matt Klutz, who had 1,556.

Jane Hodges said that if the difference between candidates’ totals falls within 1 percent of the total vote count, a candidate may request a recount. Six provisional ballots were cast on May 6 and will be checked for validity at the May 13 canvass.

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