The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 9, 2012

Lowder defeats Jernigan

By Jason O'Boyd, Staff Writer

Friday, November 9, 2012 — Suzanne Lowder said Tuesday night that she didn’t expect to stay up too late to see the overall election results. Lucky for her, she didn’t have to wait long to get some good news on her own campaign.

Lowder will retain her position as Stanly County Register of Deeds, according to unofficial voting numbers released by the Stanly County Board of Elections Tuesday night.

With all 23 precents reporting, Lowder, a Republican who was seeking her second four-year term, had 19,107 votes (69.25 percent) to 8,483 (30.75 percent) for Democrat Darrell Jernigan as of 10 p.m Tuesday.

“I always like to wait until it’s called, but I feel pretty confident at this point,” Lowder said around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

“I appreciate my opponent. We both ran a clean race, which was good. The support of all my family and friends has been great.”

Lowder grabbed an early lead and was never threatened as returns continued to come in from around the county.

Lowder defeated Tanya Barbee Livingston in the Republican primary in May. Jernigan ran unapposed in the Democratic primary.

“I’ve been there for like 15 years,” said Lowder, who was an employee in the office before deciding to run for Register of Deeds.

“I think the experience has a lot to do with it.”

Lowder plans to continue the work she and her staff have done and appreciates the vote of support from the citizens.

“We’ve made a lot of advancements in the office, and I think that’s got a lot to do with it also,” Lowder said.

“We’ve worked hard and the ladies in the office have worked hard, too.

“I appreciate their support. It’s been great. I’ll continue to do a good job.”