Norwood picks new team for board

Published 8:43 am Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The town of Norwood will welcome a new mayor and two new commissioners in December as voters pushed out two incumbents in favor of two former commissioners and a political newcomer.

Harold Thompson, a former town commissioner, topped incumbent Linda Campbell 56 percent to 44 percent (454 votes to 357) for the town’s mayoral seat.
First-time candidate Betty Harrison and former mayor and commissioner Larry McMahon, were the top finishers for two seats on the town’s board of commissioners.

Harrison led with 470 votes, with McMahon close behind at 448. Political newcomer Keith Morgan finished in third with 275 votes, while incumbent commissioner Betty O’Neal was a close fourth with 267.

“I’m at a loss for words,” said Thompson. “I really appreciate the confidence the people of Norwood have shown me by their votes, and I look forward to working with and serving all our citizens.”

Harrison echoed Thompson’s sentiments in her words.

“I do appreciate that the people of Norwood have shown confidence in me to serve as a commissioner,” she said. “I look forward to working together with everyone to move the town into a new era.”

Larry McMahon, who ran in alliance with Harrison and Thompson, expressed his gratitude to Norwood voters.

“Thanks to all those who supported us with their votes, and we ask for their continued support as we move forward,” he said. “Lots of people helped us get here and now we’ve got to work together to get the town united again.”

Toby Thorpe is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.