Maiden incumbents, former councilman win seats

Familiar faces will fill Maiden's town council seats heading into next year.

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.

McClellan has been absent from Maiden’s council for four years, but he said it won’t take him long to get back in the swing of things.

“To me, I don’t have an agenda. I’m going to go over and see what the council is working on and see if I can contribute to it,” he said.

McClellan previously served with current members of the council in addition to elected incumbents Ervin and Bumgarner Jr.

“We did good in the past, and I think we are going to do good again,” he said. “We are going to keep the people in mind.”

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.

“I’m going to take the next two years and get some things handled and try it again to represent my town,” Boldon said after the election Tuesday night. “I definitely think there are some things I need to take care of.”

Boldon said he is disappointed, but plans to run again in the future.

“I really enjoyed being a council member for Maiden the last four years. We did some good and that’s something people can’t take away,” 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 — making the town’s new rate of 39 cents per $100 of valuation the lowest municipal tax rate in Catawba County.
Candidates like Mike Moore, who finished one spot short of a council seat, felt like they could have contributed to the town’s growth.

“I’m used to finishing just out; I did last time,” said Moore, who served on Maiden’s council from 2007-09. “The way I see it, the two guys who made up their mind the last day of filing did pretty good, but that’s people’s decisions.”

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.