Although the Town of Hillsville’s General Election featured three uncontested races, nearly 150 people turned out to vote May 3.
Greg Crowder, who was elected for his third term as Hillsville’s Mayor, said he felt like that turnout, plus the fact that none of the races were contested, shows that Hillsville’s citizens are pleased with the direction Hillsville is going.
“I am very happy. The direction of the town right now I think is the best it has been since I have been in office,” Crowder said. “We have the Friends of Hillsville, the Hillsville Beautification Committee, and several other volunteer organizations that are helping us go forward with the town. Our next goal with the town is to get it branded. The county and town are working closer together than they have since I can remember.”
Crowder was popular with May 3 voters, claiming 137 votes against just six write-ins, or 95.8 percent of the vote. Of Crowder’s 137 votes, 46 came from the Pine Creek District, 38 from Laurel Fork, 34 from Sulphur Springs, 18 from Pipers Gap and one was a Central Absentee. In the other two uncontested races, Pine Creek Councilman Ed Terry received all 45 ballots cast in his district, while Pipers Gap Councilman David L. Young received all 19 votes tallied in his district.
“I appreciate the turnout. Sometimes you don’t even get 50 people voting in a non-contested election, so for close to 150 to come out, I was real happy and I think that showed a lot of support,” Crowder said. “I think it shows the Town is satisfied with the direction we are going and are they happy with the freshwater system, all the work we have done through the town, the trail, and getting our finances in a lot better shape than they were. I think the citizens are starting to see that and I feel like that is why there was no opposition during the election.”