Two new, two returning for Lenoir City Council

Nov. 06, 2013 @ 07:01 AM

Chrissy Thomas and Ike Perkins will be the newest members of the Lenoir City Council, joining returning incumbents Ron Stilwell and David Stevens as the winners of Tuesday’s election.

The addition of Thomas and Perkins will add diversity to a council that was previously made up of only white men. Thomas and Perkins will replace retiring Councilman Lewis Price and Councilman Merlin Perry, who was unable to win enough votes to hold on to his seat.

“Amazing," Thomas said of being elected to the council. "It feels right. It’s a great opportunity to work with the other great candidates. Now it’s time to get to work.”

Stilwell, who finished with the most votes, said he looks forward to working with new council members bringing different experiences and talents to the council.

“It’s been a long, hard road,” he said.

A total of 4,097 Lenoir residents voted in the election. In complete but unofficial returns, Stilwell received 715 votes, followed by Thomas with 702 votes, Stevens with 684 votes and Perkins with 620 votes.

Perry finished fifth, with 532, followed by Jonathan Rogers with 319, Ned Sanders with 306 and Gary Whisnant with 205.

Perkins said winning “feels great -- I’m elated.” He said there is no specific goal he is focused on, “I just want to get in there, sit in my seat and work with the existing board.”

Stevens said he was “just pleased the voters decided to put me back in.” He said that there are a lot of projects the council has been making progress on that he is glad to have the chance to try to finish, but looking to the next term, jobs are still the priority.