Mayors Re-Elected In Tuesday Primary; New Tax Defeated In Monroe
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Voters in Monroe defeated a tax on prepared food during Tuesday’s primary election.
About 37 percent voted yes while 63 percent voted no. The tax would have added 1 percent to the cost of a meal in a restaurant.
The city had hoped to use this tax and a hotel tax to pay for a new civic center across from the Monroe City Hall.
The primary election also put Monroe Mayor Bobby Kilgore back in office. He got 76 percent of the vote – three times the number of votes his opponent, Charlitta Burruss, received.
Morganton Mayor Mel Cohen was also re-elected. He got 59 percent of the vote while his opponent, Jim Richardson, got 41 percent.
One person was ousted from their position though. Shelby councilman Dicky Amaya lost his seat in Ward 6 in a close race. Andrew Hopper won with 52 percent of the vote; Amaya got 48 percent of the vote.
You can see more election results on our politics page.