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New members to join boards in Cary, western Wake County

The winners of November’s municipal elections will take office in December. Some local towns had more notable elections than others, but all experienced some changes.

Every local town has at least one new face on its governing board. Apex is the only town with a new mayor – Lance Olive.

Olive replaces Bill Sutton, who was appointed to the mayor’s seat and decided not to run for a second term.

Here’s a look at when the new boards will be sworn in.


When: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Town Hall council chambers, 316 N. Academy St., Cary

Who: Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht and three council members will be sworn in. Weinbrecht is entering his third term.

Incumbents Don Frantz, who won his District B seat, and Lori Bush, an at-large member, rejoin the board. Frantz is entering his third term while Bush will start a second term.

The one new member will be Ken George, founder and president of NetSmart Inc., who will fill the District D seat that has been vacant for nearly a year. He defeated three other candidates and encountered a runoff. On Oct. 6, George faced Cary residents Maria Cervania, Nancy Caggia and Gray Rinehart. George was the top vote-getter, but didn’t have a majority of the vote, which allowed Cervania, the second vote-getter, to call for a runoff.

During a November runoff, George defeated Cervania, a former project manager with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. He’ll now occupy the seat that has been unoccupied since former Councilwoman Gale Adcock was elected to the state House last November. The seat covers parts of central and west Cary.


When: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Drive, Morrisville

Who: Incumbents Liz Johnson and Michael Schlink won re-election. Satish Garimella, a political newcomer, beat former board member Pete Martin for an open seat on the council. Garimella was born in India and now works as a telecommunications specialist for AT&T. He’s president of the Breckenridge homeowners association.


When: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

Where: Town Hall, 73 Hunter St., Apex

Who: Olive, a businessman and former Town Council member, won the mayoral race over council member Denise Wilkie, a teacher at Apex High School. Wilkie’s council term ends in 2017.

The other new member is Wesley Moyer, who unseated incumbent Scott Lassiter. Incumbent Bill Jensen, who has served 16 years on the board, will start his fifth term after winning re-election.


When: Monday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

Where: Town Hall, 401 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuqua-Varina

Who: Mayor John Byrne will be sworn into a record-setting ninth term. The mayor serves two-year terms, while town commissioners serve four-year terms. Incumbent town commissioners Charlie Adcock and Bill Harris also won re-election.

Joining them is newcomer Marilyn Gardner, who will fill the empty seat vacated after former commissioner Ed Ridpath resigned. Gardner defeated Ridpath and several other challengers for the seat.

Holly Springs

When: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

Where: Town Hall, 128 S. Main St., Holly Springs

Who: Incumbent Cheri Lee and newcomer Tom O’Brien were the top two vote-getters in the November election, defeating three other candidates to fill two seats.

Lee, a Wake County Public School System substitute teacher, won her second term on the council. O’Brien, an account manager with Time Warner Cable Business Class, unseated three-term incumbent Tim Sack for the second spot.