Anthony, Ashcraft face off in runoff

Oct. 15, 2013 @ 04:14 PM

A runoff election Nov. 5 will decide if incumbent Monroe councilman John Ashcraft wins out against challenger Surluta Anthony.

A canvass of votes cast in the Monroe election on Oct. 8. by the Union County Board of Elections found no change in results and only slight changes in vote totals. Ashcraft and Freddie Gordon picked up five votes to end at 1,033 and 1,034 respectively. Margaret Desio’s total increased by four to 905. Debra Duncan’s increase of three brought the count to 1,388. Kenneth Graham gained three votes to total 528.

The run-off election will be between Anthony and Ashcraft. Only seven votes separate the two. Last week’s totals meant Anthony and Desio could request a runoff, but Desio commented then that her family asked she not.

“So Freddie Gordon is already seated,” Union County Board of Elections Director John Whitley said. “Any run-off for him would have been with Desio, but she decided not to ask for it.”

Anthony said she requested the runoff, considering how narrow the vote tallies were.

“And there was such a large turnout for the election, it showed me that more people were taking an interest in city government,” Anthony said.

Ashcraft did not return phone calls before deadline.

Runoff elections coincide with General Elections on Nov. 5. Early and one-stop voting for all municipal seats countywide begins Oct. 17 at the Monroe branch of the Union County Public Library. Polls are open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.

For more information, call the Union County Board of Elections at 704-283-3809.