Dayvault in, Geathers out in Kannapolis

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 9, 2011

KANNAPOLIS — A Kannapolis City Councilman who had held his seat since the city was incorporated in 1984 was unseated by a 25-year-old challenger in Tuesday’s election.
With all precincts reporting, Ryan Dayvault emerged the top vote-getter with 1,578 — almost 28 percent of the total votes cast.
Longtime incumbent Roger Haas placed second with 1,108 votes.
Tom Kincaid — appointed in February 2010 to replace the late Richard Anderson — won his first election with 1,102 votes.
Geathers placed fourth, losing his seat by 103 votes.
He received 1,005 votes, about 17 percent of the total ballots cast.
Challengers Amos McClorey and Michael Mishkin rounded out the field with 527 and 373 votes, respectively.
There were 17 write-in votes reported.
A family member said Geathers was unavailable for comment late Tuesday.
Dayvault said he looks forward to addressing citizens’ concerns as he prepares to hold his first public office.
Reached separately by phone, Haas and Kincaid praised Geathers’ years of service to Kannapolis while saying they looked forward to having Dayvault as a colleague.