Newcomer Tommy Wheeler and incumbent Dr. Skip Whitman were the winners in the Elkin Board of Commissioners race Tuesday.
Wheeler led all four candidates vying for two seats on the board, recording 932 ballots in his favor. Whitman maintained his seat with 824 votes. Jeff Eidson secure 687 votes, and John Wiles recorded 481 votes.
“I wanted to thank all those people who supported me and I’m looking forward to continuing to serve the citizens,” said Wheeler, who has served on several local boards, the rescue squad and as fire chief.
Whitman was excited about his win. “I am pleased knowing that people of Elkin have been pleased with what I have tried to do over the past five years, and I am honored and happy to try to do the best that I can for them for the next four,” he said
Gracious in defeat, Eidson, said, “I’m disappointed to lose, but feel fortune to have had four quality candidates to have run. Congratulations to Tommy and Skip. And I will continue to work for the progress of our community from the outside.”
Attempts to reach Wiles for comment were not successful.
Running unopposed, Sam Bishop is looking forward to spending his retirement as mayor. “I’m thankful that I’m going to be the mayor-elect. I’m looking forward to serving my community.”