Lafever, Chandler and Baker win Erwin aldermen seats

Sue Guinn Legg • Nov 6, 2018 at 9:55 PM

ERWIN — In the six-way race for three seats on the Erwin Board of Mayor and Alderman, incumbent Aldermen Mark Lafever and Gary Chandler, along with former alderman Michael Baker, came out on top in Tuesday’s voting.

Lafever handily led the balloting, capturing 1,279 of the total 4,623 votes cast in the race. Baker came in second with 892 votes and was followed closely by Chandler with 864 votes.

Lafever, who was out gathering up his campaign signs immediately after the final vote count came in, said he was glad to see the good voter turnout and excited for the opportunity to “get back to work” on the board.

“It was a great turnout. I’m thankful for the turnout and for all the people who voted for me. I want to congratulate the other two winners. I look forward to working with them,” Lafever said.

Baker said he was humbled by the voters who supported him and could not thank them enough for their confidence. “I look forward to serving them and serving the town of Erwin,” he said.

Chandler said he was appreciative for the voters who re-elected him and also proud of what the board has accomplished over the past four years.

“I thought we were a good group and that we worked god together. If you look up and down Main Street and Unicoi Street you can see it with all the small businesses that are bringing in new tax dollars for the town and for the people. We got the new hospital. We got the new grocery store. And hopefully at Morgan Insulation, we’ll have a good new industry.

“I appreciate the people for turning out and voting me back in,” Chandler said.

Incumbent Alderman Virgil Moore finished fourth in the race with 630 votes, followed by Stephen Wilson with 497 votes and Timothy Shelton with 461 votes.