Swain has record turnout for 2016 election
Swain County voters cast ballots in record numbers for the 2016 General Election at 61 percent of the county’s 10,129 registered voters participating in the election.
The unofficial election results were announced about 1.5 hours after polls closed on Tuesday night, Nov. 8.
Swain County voted against the proposed quarter-cent local sales tax increase that the county commissioners approved for the ballot to help fund utilities costs for Swain County Schools. Swain voted 57 percent against and 42 percent for the increase.
On the Swain County School Board, there will be no new faces, as Swain County voters re-elected the incumbents. Mellie Burns (Republican) was the overwhelmingly high vote getter with 4,017 votes, followed by Lambert G. Wilson (Democrat) with 3,619 votes and Jerry McKinney (Democrat) with 3,531 votes. Challenger Maurice Biggs (Democrat) was unable to muster enough votes for an upset, with 2,126.
Swain County’s Board of Commissioners will get a slight change-up with Republican newcomer Kenneth Leonard Parton receiving the highest number of votes with 2,980, followed close behind by incumbent David Monteith (Democrat) with 2,923 voters. Parton’s win means he will be replacing Democrat Steve Moon on the board. Moon was the third-highest vote getter with 2,456 votes, with Republican Carolyn Sue Bair coming in fourth with 2,066 votes.
In the U.S. Presidential election, Swain County Donald J. Trump (Republican) supporters far outnumbered those for Hillary Clinton (Democrat). Trump received 3,557 votes in Swain County to Clinton’s 2,186 votes of support. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) received 239 votes in Swain and there were 121 write-ins.
State races followed suit, with far more voters supporting Republican candidates for U.S. House District 11, Governor, State Senate District 50, State House 19 and other state positions.
Read more coverage of this year’s election results in Thursday’s edition of Smoky Mountain Times.