UNION — Voters in the City of Union reelected the mayor while tripling the number of women on Union City Council during Tuesday’s general election.
Mayor Harold Thompson won a third term Tuesday defeating Union City Councilman Tommy Anthony and businessman Robert Small.
Thompson received 1,582 votes or 48.72 percent and carried six precincts while Anthony received 1,192 votes or 38.01 percent and carried three precincts and Small received 412 votes or 13.14 percent.
In thanking the people of Union for reelecting him, Thompson discussed the next four years and what he wants to see the city achieve during that time.
“I want to thank the citizens of Union for having confidence in me by electing me to a third term,” Thompson said. “We have some noticeable progress going on and I want to see that continues. We’re working with the county, with the university, the development board, and the chamber. I think cooperation is the key.
“We’re going to be focusing on revitalizing the downtown,” he said. “We got a shot in the arm with Main Street Junction. We’ve had praise from a lot of people who are excited about it and wishing it well.”
Thompson said that he is hoping to see the city attract more businesses to the downtown area including a restaurant.
In addition, Thompson said the city is moving forward with its dilapidated buildings program. He said assessments are being done for asbestos abatement and that hopefully in the near future the projects will be put out for bids. The dilapidated buildings program is part of the city’s beautification efforts.
Three Union City Council seats were also on Tuesday’s ballot and in two of them male incumbents were ousted by female challengers.
In District 3, Vicki Morgan received 254 votes or 47.92 percent and carried five precincts while fellow challenger Jack Kelly III received 152 votes or 28.68 percent and incumbent Yates Giles received 123 votes or 23.21 percent and carried one precinct.
“I’m just honored that the citizens put enough faith in me to elect me,” Morgan said. “I will be working hard for the people of District 3. I am not just someone who will sit on council, I will work for them.”
In District 4, incumbent Ricki Todd Harris was unopposed for reelection and received 459 votes or 98.50 percent.
In District 6, challenger Sonja Craig received 196 votes or 40.75 percent and carried three precincts while fellow challenger Kristi Sommer received 126 votes or 26.20 percent and incumbent Jim Wilson received 158 votes or 32.85 percent and carried one precinct.
“I’d like to thank everyone for voting for me,” Craig said. “I appreciate them coming out to vote. I am going to do everything I can to make them proud they voted for me.
“I’d like to thank Rachel Craig, Kathy Bradshaw, and my husband, Charles, for helping me with my campaign,” she said. “I also want to thank all the people that wore the tee shirts with my name on the back.”
With their election, Morgan and Craig join Council Member Pamela Garner-Sloss, tripling the number of women on council.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.