Three elected to New London Board of Commissioners

Published 1:05 pm Friday, November 6, 2020

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Two incumbents and one new candidate won seats on the New London Board of Commissioners in Tuesday’s unofficial election results released by the Stanly County Board of Elections.

Incumbents Daniel Phillips and Bill Peak and newcomer Richard Kimmer won by a narrow margin over a third incumbent, Johnny Chestnut Jr.

Phillips earned 221 votes (25.61 percent), with Kimmer in second with 218 votes (25.26 percent) and Peak third with 208 votes (24.1 percent). Chestnut finished two votes behind Peak with 23.87 percent of the vote.

Regarding the election, Phillips said he appreciated the confidence from the residents of New London who voted for him, adding he was “confident that I can continue to do a good job for them. Everything I do is for the good of the town.”

He said he wants the town’s board to work together for the good of the community, adding New London has a lot of issues to face going down the road.

New London needs businesses to come in and if the town can “stay on track with the county and work with (them) to get more infrastructure” more businesses will choose the town as a location, he said.

“We have a great little community and a lot of good residents,” Phillips said.

Kimmer said he was “excited to step into this new role” and he was “proud to serve the town of New London alongside my fellow council members.”

Peak said the election was a close race adding, “I was happy that the people came out (to vote). That’s what you want them to do…I’m pleased people decided they wanted me to serve another four years.”

He added he was looking forward to serving, saying “hopefully we’ll have some more projects in New London and we’ll be able to see those through.”

Included in those projects is the new park which New London recently used for a trunk-and-treat event.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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