New mayor, council members for Weddington
When the town of Weddington holds a meeting next month, there will be a new mayor running the meetings and two new council members sitting beside. Voters sent Walker Davidson to the mayor’s chair, with 55.76 percent of the ballots or 668 votes. In the three way race for the District 2 seat, Pam Hadley took 46.13 percent or 531 votes for the win. Her closest challenger, Planning Board member Scott Buzzard, came in with 41.88 percent of the vote or 482 ballots.
In the other three way race for District 4, Barbara Harrison edged out incumbent Jerry McKee with 39.46 percent or 451 votes. That’s 22 more than McKee, who finished with 429.
“When I came back from the poles, I was just wore out,” Hadley said. “It took everybody about 20 minutes to convince me I had won.”
Hadley said she hoped to hit the ground running the first night the new council is sworn in, calling for a timetable on several projects.
“As far as Providence Fire Department, they need answers now,” Hadley said. “That was one of the reasons I ran. I have no intention of kicking that can down the road.”
Current and elected board members agree that moving forward with a municipal fire district seems logical, but want to make sure they do it correctly.
“We need to make sure we know what our rights as a town are, make sure we do everything correctly” Davidson said.
As far as the election, Davidson said he was disappointed more people didn’t come out to the polls and hoped the new council could get people involved. Looking ahead, in addition to handling the Providence issue, Davidson said he believed the council needs to look at planning for the future.
“We need to put together a long term financial forecast,” Davidson said. “It’s time to start planning for down the line, not just the next year or two.”
The Weddington town council meets Monday, Nov. 14 at 7pm at the town hall.