Edds, Greene and Klusman re-elected for Rowan County Commission, each will serve third term

Published 11:14 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2022

SALISBURY —Incumbent Rowan County Commissioner Greg Edds stood calmly as applause filled the Rowan County Republican Party headquarters Tuesday and said he was feeling fortunate as he watched the results slowly trickle in. 

It was a sweep for the Republicans. Edds, along with incumbents Jim Greene and Judy Klusman, reclaimed the three seats that were up for re-election comfortably, securing another four-year-term on the commission. 

Edds, who served his last term as the commission’s chairman, received 26.82 percent of the vote, with 32,854 votes. 

Greene, the commission’s vice-chairman in his last term, received 26.61 percent of the vote, with 32,592 votes and Klusman received 26.26 percent with 32,166 votes.

Over 13,000 Rowan County voters cast their ballots for Democrat Sam Post, claiming 10.89 percent of the vote, and 11,540 voters supported Alisha Byrd-Clark, finishing with 9.42 percent of the vote.

All three Republicans were first elected in 2014, making this their third term on the commission. They will rejoin Republicans Mike Caskey Jr. and Craig Pierce, whose terms end in 2024.

Over 60 people joined Edds and Greene at the Republican headquarters and celebrated with drinks, food and good spirits. 

“This just says that folks are happy with the direction we’re going, happy with the work we’ve been doing and really it’s a tribute to hundreds and hundreds of folks who have really thrown in and are all jumping in the same point and all paddling in the same direction and that’s great news, so good things are happening,” Edds said.

Both Edds and Greene said they were looking forward to continuing to improve the county’s schools in their next term, while also commenting on the growing development throughout the county and the opportunities that will arise for residents through that.

Greene specifically mentioned the $45 million development that is currently under construction at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. An advanced technology education complex, aptly named the Technology Education Complex, is being built on the college’s North Campus in Salisbury and is due to be complete by 2024.

Speaking on the development, Greene said it was “one of the big reasons I wanted to run another entire term, to get that completed.”

“Rowan County is really in the middle of it now and the things we’ve been working for are really coming to fruition,” Edds said. “It’s a great time to be in Rowan County.”