Wednesday, November 07, 2012 2:59 AM
Voters choose Barnes
Lewis falls short against Morgan for Nash commission seat
By Rochelle Moore | Times Staff Writer
Lisa Barnes won the race for the Nash County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat in a race entangled with concerns about the future location of a Sanderson Farms chicken processing plant.
Barnes, a Republican, won the race with 4,168 votes against competitor Bert Daniel, a Democrat, who took in 2,732 votes. Barnes and Daniel were winners in the May primary and have been outspoken critics against Sanderson Farms opening a large-scale processing operation in southern Nash County on N.C. 97. Barnes will take Danny Tyson’s seat on the board. Tyson, a Republican, lost the primary to Barnes. Tyson has been a supporter of Sanderson Farms.
"I’m very, very excited about the win,” she said. "I worked really hard.”
Barnes said she is most interested in trying to build unity on the Nash County Board of Commissioners, which has remained divided for two years over the Sanderson issue.
"It’s been so divided over the issues lately,” Barnes said. "I’d definitely like to see some unity and harmony on the board so we can accomplish something in Nash County.”
She plans to try to work with the board on issues that will move the county forward while still maintaining her opposition to Sanderson Farms. Barnes said Republicans were expected to do well in 2012 races in North Carolina and Nash County, which she believes contributed to her win. She also believes her primary win added momentum to her race for county commissioner.
"I think they see potential in me to help Nash County to move forward and that someone will be there to listen to the concerns in District 4,” Barnes said. "My position regarding Sanderson Farms hasn’t changed. I want to concentrate on finding another company for that location.”
Daniel, co-chairman of the Nash County Landowners Association, a relentless opponent of Sanderson Farms, has been engaged in issues revolving around the potential location of Sanderson for two years and been a leader in the fight to keep the company out of Nash County.
"I have conceded to Lisa,” Daniel said. "I’m very sad but the voters have spoken and I respect that.”
Two other Nash County Board of Commissioners seats will remain the same with incumbent Billy Morgan, chairman of the board, retaining his seat in District 3. Morgan, a Democrat, won the race with 3,479 votes against challenger Lu Harvey Lewis Jr., a Republican and mayor of Middlesex, who captured 2,433 votes.
Nash County Commissioner Lou Richardson, a Democrat, won the race for District 1 with 5,094 votes. Richardson had no competition in the race. The election totals are unofficial until a canvass of the votes is completed.
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