The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 8, 2013

Elections Board recognizes new mayor of New London, Oakboro

By B.J. Drye, Editor
CNHI News Service

Friday, November 8, 2013 — The write-in votes were released Friday and the winners of the mayoral races in New London and Oakboro have unofficially been recognized.

The votes will not become official until canvassing Tuesday.

In New London, Tate Daniels received 65 votes to become the new mayor, besting Johnny W. Chestnut Jr. with 52 votes and Jane Hartley Van Sinderen with 32 votes.

Incumbent mayor Calvin Gaddy chose not to seek re-election.

Daniels said he did not register in time to be on the ballot, but he did campaign a little.

He spoke of his experience of 18 years on the town board, with four years as mayor pro tem, and his roles as chairman of the planning board, caretaker of the town cemetery and efforts at New London Area Historical Museum as laying a foundation for his new capacity as mayor.

“I feel with all that experience, and with the help of this new board ... I feel we’re going to keep New London a safe and great place to raise a family,” Daniels said.

In Oakboro, Doug Burgess ran away with the contest with 103 votes, compared to Allen McGuire, the sole candidate on the ballot, who generated 28 votes.

Danny Long, Oakboro’s last elected mayor, resigned in September.

“It humbles me greatly that that many write-ins were written in for me,” Burgess said.

“I didn’t really go out and solicit votes.

“I’m really glad people are confident that I can do the job.”

Burgess spent eight years on the town board and is currently the interim town administrator.

He said he is “looking forward to getting into the job and see if we can carry the town forward.”