Waxhaw mayor takes 43 percent of the vote
Mayor Daune Gardner took three of four precincts in the Tuesday, Nov. 8 election, collecting 43 percent of the vote en route to re-election.
With the win, she became just the second challenged incumbent Tuesday night in western Union County, along with Mineral Springs Mayor Rick Becker, to win re-election.
“That was very gratifying and humbling,” Gardner said. “I’m looking forward to the next four years. We’ve done a lot of work, got a lot accomplished.”
Gardner collected 475 votes or 43.5 percent of the ballots cast. Lisa Thornton finished second with 32.22 percent or 353 votes. Former Mayor Gary Underwood, who Gardner beat in her first run in 2007, came in third with 23.9 percent or 261
Gardner received the majority of votes at the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department, Waxhaw Bible Church and Kensington Elementary precincts. Underwood won the majority of votes at the Waxhaw Elementary precinct. All total, 17.75 percent of Waxhaw’s 6,158 voters cast ballots.
“It was a little nerve racking,” Gardner said. “When the first two precincts reported, it was tight.”
Looking to her second term, Gardner said she hopes to focus on development of the downtown plan and look at economic development.
“As a region, we’re all interdependent,” Gardner said. “Hopefully we can get together with other municipalities in the area and do a formal study on economic development.”
Gardner hopes to build a dynamic with the new board, making sure everyone’s focused on the same issues. She hoped the town council would tackle a vision plan, taking an assessment of what’s currently going on, where the town should go next and how to achieve that. Gardner also expected the town hall question to take a back seat in coming months, with the board focused on pushing forward with the library.
“I expect the library question will resurface,” Gardner said. “With this group of folks, we’ll be very effective with getting adequate library