Two municipal candidates with ties to statewide politics lost their election bids Tuesday.
In the Cleveland County town of Kings Mountain, House Speaker Tim Moore’s father, Rick Moore, was knocked off the city council after 12 years. And in Pittsboro, former N.C. Democratic Party executive director Casey Mann lost her bid for a Board of Commissioners seat.
Rick Moore, who owns a furniture store in Kings Mountain, received only 38 percent of the vote in his district, while challenger Jay Rhodes had 62 percent.
The two candidates were divided over a casino proposed by the Catawba Indian Nation: Moore supports the casino, while Rhodes said it could harm the “quality of life” in the city. The casino proved to be one of the main issues in the town’s election this year, according to local news reports.
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Tim Moore, an attorney in Kings Mountain, has represented a casino investor but has recused himself from all legislative action related to the project.
In Pittsboro, Mann had hoped to join the town board where her old boss, former N.C. Democratic Party chairman Randy Voller, had served as mayor.
Mann came in seventh in a field of eight candidates for the town commission, receiving 201 votes.
A Facebook post on Mann’s campaign page congratulated the winners and noted that several shared her party affiliation. “She learned a lot during this campaign and is glad that this is a victory for Democrats in Pittsboro,” the post said.