The Alexander County Commission remains firmly in Republican control according to unofficial results following the Nov. 8, 2016, General Election.
Incumbent Ryan Mayberry of Bethlehem garnered 9,657 votes and next highest vote-getter was Jeffrey Peal, of Ellendale, with 9,483 votes. Both men are Republicans. They were closely followed by Democratic candidate Marty Loudermilt of Stony Point, who had 8,900 votes.
Winners offer comments
Mayberry made this statement on Election Night: “First of all, thank you to everyone in Alexander County that took the time to exercise their constitutional right to vote for our leaders. It is an important duty that everyone should take seriously and spend time educating themselves on the issues. As for my race, I am very honored to have received the most votes and to win re-election to the Alexander County Board of Commissioners. I really had no idea how this was going to go, especially with the Republican and Democrat teaming up against me. Both of them were very strong candidates, with strong resumes, and they both worked harder campaigning than anyone I’ve seen in the 8 years that I have been a County Commissioner. I wish the best to the Democrat nominee, Marty Loudermilt. He is a fine man and he should be thanked for his many years of service on the Board of Education as well as his time spent as a Deputy keeping the people of Alexander County safe.
“I also want to thank all my supporters and even those that did not vote for me. We may not always agree on everything, but I will continue to do my best to try and work for everyone in Alexander County. I also want to thank my fellow Board members. I think this win speaks to their professionalism as well.
“I want to congratulate the newest member of the Board, Jeff Peal, though I will miss serving with one of my mentors, Larry Yoder. Larry’s wealth of knowledge on issues was a great asset to the people of Alexander County and I will continue to lean on him for advice even though he will no longer serve on the Board. He should be thanked for his many years of service to the people of Alexander County.
“As for the ABC Referendum; with 76% voter turnout, and nearly 60% of those voting Yes, I think the voters have settled this issue. We must now come together to make sure that we move Alexander County forward in a positive direction for all. I promise to continue to work hard for all the people of Alexander County and I promise to continue to earn the trust you have placed in me once again,” Mayberry stated.
Peal offered the following comments on Tuesday night: “Thanks first to God, then my family and all the great people who supported me and have worked for me. Thanks to all of you who voted for me. I am honored to have been elected commissioner to serve the outstanding people (those who voted for me and those who did not) of Alexander County. Congratulations to Ryan for winning the election and heartfelt sorrow for Marty. The race was close which showed that each of us had a lot of support.
“I look forward to representing all of our county and hope we can all rally around a sense of pride and all work together as we move forward. God did not design us to all think alike and by nature we are different. It is time, however, for us to put our differences aside and rally together.
“Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM). Thanks again, and I look forward to serving and representing you,” Peal concluded.
County Commission vote totals
Mayberry (R) 9,657
Peal (R) 9,483
Loudermilt (D) 8,900
Registered voters: 24,179
Ballots cast: 18,356