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Heggins remains top vote-getter in Salisbury election

SALISBURY — First-time candidate Al Heggins remains the top vote-getter in the Salisbury City Council election.

The Rowan County Board of Elections met Tuesday to count additional ballots, and the order of finish in the council race was unchanged from the unofficial returns released on election night.

Incumbent David Post was second, followed by Mayor Karen Alexander, challenger Tamara Sheffield and Councilman Brian Miller.

The Board of Elections met to count 47 outstanding absentee ballots and 20 provisional ballots from last week’s municipal election.

The margin of votes separating Heggins and Post shrank slightly with the new count. On election night, Heggins had 12 more votes than Post. After Tuesday’s count, she had 10 more votes than Post.

Five seats were up for election.

Incumbent Kenny Hardin finished seventh among the 13 candidates. Mayor Pro-Tem Maggie Blackwell did not seek re-election.

Here are the totals after Tuesday’s count. The top five will be elected to the council:

• Heggins, 2,169.

• Post, 2,159.

• Alexander, 1,792.

• Sheffield, 1,767.

• Miller, 1,713.

• P.J. Ricks, 1,539.

• Hardin, 1,489.

• John Struzick, 1,099.

• Latasha Wilks, 956.

• Leda Belk, 923.

• Todd Paris, 795.

• Rodney Queen, 717.

• Ryan Evans, 367.



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