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Incumbents cruise to reelection in Middlesex

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MIDDLESEX ­— With the town’s three incumbents winning reelection to the Board of Commissioners, it’s time to focus on growth, said victors in last week’s municipal election.

Commissioners Cherrye High Davis, Danny Alford and J.W. McClenny defeated newcomers William Ward and Brenda West.

McClenny received 54 votes, or 25.12%, Alford received 44 votes, or 20.47%, Davis received 40 votes, or 18.60%. West and Ward lost with 37 votes (17.21%) and 31 votes (14.42%) respectively. There were nine write-in votes accounting for 4.19% of all ballots cast. Middlesex uses the plurality method of voting where the highest vote-getters win.

West said it’s tough to think about what’s next, and she’s asked herself about it several times.

“I’m considering running again, but for now I’m going to keep the ‘for what’ to myself,” West said.

Davis, a retired educator and librarian, said she plans to continue working for more businesses in town.

Alford, a retired local business owner, said he ran for reelection to continue the progress the current board has made.

“We will continue to work together for more growth, to see the tax base increase and to attract more businesses and new families to town,” Alford said.

One of McClenny’s main campaign platforms was to see the town’s shell building occupied.

The project is a 60,000 square-foot building in the Middlesex Corporate Centre that can be used for manufacturing, distribution or any other purpose. Nash County erected the empty building to attract a commercial occupant. Infrastructure such as roads and water is set to be installed next year, according to county officials.

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