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Brown, Corriher take two open spots on Landis Board of Aldermen


JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST Landis Candidate Bobby Brown.

Tony Corriher

By Jessica Coates


LANDIS — Challengers Bobby Brown and Tony Corriher beat out incumbent Dorland Abernathy and challenger Roger Safrit to win the two spots on the Landis Board of Aldermen on Tuesday.

Brown got the most votes with 195 votes, or 29.24 percent of Landis’ only precinct.

Brown said that he was “very happy” to have won.

“I ran a clean campaign, I didn’t talk about any of the other candidates and I talked about the issue that I was interested in,” Brown said.

That issue is improving Landis’ roads — something Brown said he’s excited to get started on.

Corriher got 182 votes, or 27.29 percent of the votes.

“We need to bring costs under control, but it’s hard,” Corriher said. “Hopefully, we can reduce some costs in all aspects in the town.”

Corriher said that he’s hoping to work with Mayor Mike Mahaley to reduce overall budgets.

“That’s the only way we can control things,” Corriher said.

Safrit came in third with 149 votes, or 22.34 percent of the vote.

“I didn’t fight a dirty fight. I’ll just put it that way. I didn’t fight a dirty fight. I could have, but I didn’t,” Safrit said.

He said that he had been hoping to work more on the Lake Corriher Wilderness Area and water sewer projects.

He said he still plans to stay involved with the town and its board.

Abernathy came in fourth with 137 votes, or 20.54 percent of the vote.

“I don’t care any less about my town now than I did 20 minutes ago. I’ll still care,” Abernathy said just after learning the election results.

He said that he’s “not going to disappear.”

Contact reporter Jessica Coates at 704-797-4222.



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