Recount confirms Karen Alexander’s win in Salisbury mayoral race

Published 12:28 pm Tuesday, November 16, 2021

By Natalie Anderson

SALISBURY — Following a recount Tuesday, Karen Alexander remained the winner of Salisbury’s 2021 mayoral race.

The Rowan County Board of Elections met Tuesday to conduct a recount for two municipal races in 2021. In the most closely-watched race in the county, Alexander received 2,509 votes, or 49.97%, while Mayor Pro Tem Al Heggins received 2,495 votes, 49.69%. There were a total of 17 write-in ballots cast, leaving a difference of 14 votes between the two candidates.

There were no changes to the vote tally after Tuesday’s recount.

Tony Hillian, an alderman in East Spencer running for re-election, was also declared the winner of the third and final seat up for grabs in East Spencer. Alderman Albert Smith submitted a request for recount after finishing just one vote behind incumbent Hillian in the election.

Overall, 7,326 votes were cast across the county in the 2021 municipal election, which represents 18.06% of eligible voters.

About Natalie Anderson

Natalie Anderson covers the city of Salisbury, politics and more for the Salisbury Post. She joined the staff in January 2020 after graduating from Louisiana State University, where she was editor of The Reveille newspaper. Email her at or call her at 704-797-4246.

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