Kutteh narrowly defeats Johnson in run-off for Statesville mayor

Posted at 3:26 PM on Nov 7, 2017

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Costi Kutteh was elected to a fourth term as mayor of Statesville Tuesday in a run-off election against Mayor Pro Tem Michael Johnson that drew 2,796 voters.

Kutteh narrowly defeated Johnson in the mayoral race, earning 1,453 votes to Johnson's 1,343, according to unofficial results provided by the Iredell County Board of Elections.

"I am so honored to be re-elected as Statesville's Mayor and serve you for another four years. I am energized by the support and positive ideas for Statesville's future that have been shared with me during the campaign. And I am inspired by the individuals whose passion for Statesville caused them to take a stand, get active in the campaign and vote. But I am especially grateful for the citizens who believed in me and my plans for continuing to move Statesville forward -- all of Statesville,” Kutteh said in a statement Tuesday night. "I hope that everyone who voted -- regardless of who they voted for -- will stay involved and help us find ways to work together for an even better community."

Johnson posted a statement on Tuesday night congratulating Kutteh on his victory.

"Congratulations to Mayor Kutteh on a campaign well run, I look forward to your continued leadership," Johnson posted on social media.

Tuesday's run-off was requested by Johnson following the Oct. 10 municipal election, in which neither candidate secured the necessary 50 percent of votes to win outright. In that race, Kutteh narrowly edged Johnson by 113 votes.

Kutteh has served as mayor of Statesville for the past 12 years. Prior to that, he served 16 years on the Statesville City Council.

Johnson has served four terms on the city council, and has served as Mayor Pro Tem.

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