Vivian Jones wins fourth term as Wake Forest mayor

sbarr@newsobserver.comNovember 5, 2013 

  • Results Mayor

    Vivian Jones (i) →  71.11%

    Bill Randall →  28.27%

    Commissioners

    Mike Cole →  21.43%

    Margaret Jones Stinnett (i)→  30.68%

    Shinica N. Thomas →  17.91%

    Jim Thompson →  29.38%

    (9 of 9 precincts reporting)

— Mayor Vivian Jones won a fourth term on Tuesday, easily defeating challenger Bill Randall in a race focused on whether or not the town is ready for the next stage in its growth.

Jones won 71.11 percent of the 2,575 ballots cast in the election to Randall’s 28.27 percent, with all Wake and Franklin county precincts reporting.

Throughout the campaign, Jones touted the town’s top financial rating, greenway system and revitalized downtown as evidence she’s been a responsible and capable leader. She pledged to build on that foundation during another four-year term.

“I think the residents are pleased with what’s going on,” she said of Tuesday’s results. “They feel comfortable with the direction we’re headed in, and they feel comfortable with me leading the charge.”

Randall didn’t publicly challenge any of Jones’ decisions during the campaign but said he wasn’t sure the town is as prepared as it could be for the future. He urged Wake Forest officials to take a closer look at whether the town’s taxes and zoning rules could be modified to attract more businesses.

Randall, a tea party favorite, won the GOP primary in 2010 for a U.S. House seat but lost in the general election to the Democratic incumbent, Brad Miller. He also ran in the 2010 GOP primary but did not win.

Outside the Wake Forest Community House on Tuesday evening, resident Nancy Miller said she cast her vote for Jones because of the mayor’s track record.

“I care about how this town develops,” she said.

Incumbent Margaret Jones Stinnett also won another term on the town’s Board of Commissioners, capturing 30.68 percent of the votes.

Jim Thompson, chairman of the town’s parks and recreation advisory board, won the other open seat on the board of commissioners, with 29.38 percent of the Wake County votes.

Thompson said he was “elated” and ready to tackle issues such as recreation, neighborhood connectivity and economic development.

“We have so many great opportunities to continue to improve the town,” he said.

The two other candidates, Mike Cole and Shinica Thomas, won 21.43 and 17.91 percent of the votes, respectively.

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