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Familiar faces will fill Maiden's town council seats heading into next year.â€¨
Maiden voters elected incumbents Max Bumgarner Jr. (208 votes) and Howard Ervin (184 votes) to its council this week. They will be joined by George McClellan (169 votes), a former council member who unseats incumbent David Boldon.
â€¨McClellan has been absent from Maidenâ€™s council for four years, but he said it wonâ€™t take him long to get back in the swing of things.â€¨
â€śTo me, I donâ€™t have an agenda. Iâ€™m going to go over and see what the council is working on and see if I can contribute to it,â€ť he said.â€¨
McClellan previously served with current members of the council in addition to elected incumbents Ervin and Bumgarner Jr.â€¨
â€śWe did good in the past, and I think we are going to do good again,â€ť he said. â€śWe are going to keep the people in mind.â€ťâ€¨
Boldon, who received 58 votes in the election, loses his seat after serving since 2007. His defeat comes nearly a week after reports surfaced that the general contractor owes more than $16,000 in delinquent property and vehicle taxes to Catawba County.
â€śIâ€™m going to take the next two years and get some things handled and try it again to represent my town,â€ť Boldon said after the election Tuesday night. â€śI definitely think there are some things I need to take care of.â€ťâ€¨
Boldon said he is disappointed, but plans to run again in the future.
â€śI really enjoyed being a council member for Maiden the last four years. We did some good and thatâ€™s something people canâ€™t take away,â€ť he said.
In recent years, Maiden has attracted several large corporations to expand within town limits. Revenue increases from new facilities by Apple and Von Drehle have helped the town stay afloat during a tough economy.
Earlier this year, the town approved a one-cent tax break â€” making the townâ€™s new rate of 39 cents per $100 of valuation the lowest municipal tax rate in Catawba County.â€¨Candidates like Mike Moore, who finished one spot short of a council seat, felt like they could have contributed to the townâ€™s growth.
â€śIâ€™m used to finishing just out; I did last time,â€ť said Moore, who served on Maidenâ€™s council from 2007-09. â€śThe way I see it, the two guys who made up their mind the last day of filing did pretty good, but thatâ€™s peopleâ€™s decisions.â€ťâ€¨
Ervin and Bumgarner Jr. will serve four-year terms. As the lowest vote-getter, McClellan will serve for two years.
Mayor Bob Smyre ran unopposed this year and will serve another term. He received 291 votes.