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Incumbents returned, Bailey town board remains intact

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BAILEY — The town’s Board of Commissioners is moving forward with an eye on teamwork and goals of revitalization and ending a state-mandated sewer moratorium.

Commissioners Ervin Dewayne Powell, Joel Killion and Allen Daniels retained their seats during last week’s election.

Powell received 81 votes, or 30.34%. Killion received 64 votes, or 23.97%, and Daniels received 55 votes, or 20.60%.

Killion said he will continue working with Bailey Police Chief Steve Boraski and his team to enhance the town’s police department.

“I will continue working with the mayor and board on getting Bailey off the sewer moratorium, on updating the sewer infrastructure and on beautifying the town of Bailey,” Killion said.

Killion invited everyone to attend the town’s annual Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and the Bailey Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Dec. 7.

“Come out and enjoy our community and see the difference we’ve made so far,” Killion said. “Bailey’s future is bright.”

Daniels said he looks forward to more teamwork and assisting the mayor in whatever he needs.

Running unopposed, Mayor Thomas Richards was elected to his first full term. Richards received 67 votes, or 79.76%. There were 17 write-in votes, or 20.24% of ballots cast.

“I just plan to continue our revitalization of Main Street, to keep trying to get the sewer moratorium lifted and continue serving the citizens of Bailey,” Richards said.

Richards is finishing out the final two years of former Mayor Timothy Johnson’s term. Johnson stepped down in 2016 to become town administrator, a post he left in January.

Johnson and his father, Craig Johnson, ran for town commissioner seats in this year’s municipal election. They came in fourth and fifth place with Timothy Johnson receiving 33 votes, or 12.36% and Craig Johnson receiving 32 votes, or 11.99%, in the at-large election for three seats. There were two write-in votes.

The former mayor wouldn’t comment on whether he thought having two Johnsons in the race split a possible winning vote.

“Why does it matter? The victors have won, and there is no need in beating a dead horse,” the younger Johnson said. “The people who cast votes made their decision of who they wanted in office. Now it is time for them to be held accountable for their decisions that they bring on the citizens of Bailey.”