The three incumbents facing challengers in the Union County Board of Education elections lost Tuesday's election, meaning the board will soon have plenty of new perspectives.
"I certainly have a couple of ideas," Arp said. "I believe that tax policy and so forth are going to be very much in the forefront. That and education, are probably the two main focuses of the legislature in the coming year."
As the dust settled, North Carolina elected its first Republican governor since 1988. U.S. Congressional Districts 8 and 9 elected Republicans to the U.S. House of Representatives. Though there were some changes on the national level, the Senate maintained a Democratic majority, the U.S. House of Representatives maintained a Republican majority and President Barack Obama, a Democrat, was re-elected.
Union County numbers are in and contested races are decided.
School board candidate Kevin Stewart won the District 2 Union County Board of Education race against incumbent Carolyn Lowder by only 78 votes.
Republican businessman Richard Hudson has beaten incumbent U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell in North Carolina's 8th Congressional District.