Voters pick John Wait as next mayor
By Dwight Sparks
The Clemmons Courier
Clemmons voters turned out three incumbent members of the village council on Tuesday and elected newcomer John Wait, a real estate attorney, as mayor to succeed Nick Nelson.
In a race that had one overriding issue — whether to build a median on busy Lewisville-Clemmons Road — the voters sided with the challengers who had campaigned against the divider.
In unofficial results, it appears Michelle Barson, Scott Binkley and P.J. Lofland won seats on the board. Barson and Binkley would receive four year terms, Lofland, two years.
The winners celebrated Tuesday night at Mi Pueblo. Mayor Nelson, a friend of Wait’s, attended the festivities.
The election marked the second time that incumbents have suffered because of the major north-south corridor through the village. Six years ago incumbents were tossed under similar circumstances.
Larry Kirby, the long-time public works director and village manager, waged a late and unsuccessful write-in campaign.
Light rain fell through much of the day as voters trekked to the polls.
Five Bishop McGuinness students pitched a tent outside the Clemmons Presbyterian Church precincts and stayed most of the day supporting their favorite candidates even though they weren’t old enough to vote.
Unofficial Results: For Clemmons Mayor
John Wait 1,491
Paul Reich 230
Larry Kirby (write-in) 1,077
For Clemmons Council (Pick 3)
Michelle Barson 1,640
Scott Binkley 1,484
PJ Lofland 1,374
Mary Cameron 1,246
Lanny Farmer 1,314
Mike Rogers 1,305