Kutteh prevails in Statesville mayoral race

Posted at 7:02 PM on Oct 10, 2017

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Voters select three new City Council members

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Mayor Costi Kutteh won a hard-fought victory over three challengers on Tuesday in the Statesville municipal elections.

Kutteh, who received 1,117 votes, edged Mayor Pro Team Michael Johnson by a mere 113 votes. Challengers Roseta Williams and Kyle Houston were a distant third and fourth, respectively.

It was unclear Tuesday night if Kutteh and Johnson will square off in a run-off election in November.

There were 2,868 votes cast in the mayoral race, meaning about 17.3 percent of registered voters participated in the election.

In other races, former Iredell County Commissioner Steve Johnson bested two incumbents and a large field of challengers in the race for two at-large seats on the Statesville City Council.

Incumbent William Morgan Jr. finished second to hold onto his seat. Incumbent Michael Schlesinger was third.

Another incumbent, C.O. “Jap” Johnson, won his eighth term in office, defeating another former councilman, Cecil Stallard, to hold onto his seat in Ward 2.

Voters in Wards 3 and 5 selected new representatives.

Incumbent Arnold Watt was defeated by challenger John Staford in a three-way race for the Ward 5 seat.

In Ward 3, Doris Allison garnered 30 more votes than Roger Siegrist to capture an open seat. Incumbent Jarrod Phifer did not run for re-election.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

MAYOR
Costi Kutteh – 1,117
Michael Johnson – 1,004
Roseta Williams – 380
Kyle Houston – 367

AT-LARGE COUNCIL SEATS (2)
Steven Johnson – 1,404
William P. Morgan, Jr. – 1,031
Michael H. Schlesinger – 852
Juan (J.D.) Williams – 667
Darrin Rucker – 407
Jamil Mauney – 314
Julius A. Hoke – 291
Frederick F. Foster – 183
David Mayes, Jr. – 50
Thomas Edward Lee, Sr. – 29

WARD 2 COUNCIL SEAT
C.O. (Jap) Johnson – 261
Cecil Stallard – 158

WARD 3 COUNCIL SEAT
Doris A. Allison – 140
Roger A. Siegrist – 110

WARD 5 COUNCIL SEAT
John Staford – 353
Arnold W. Watt – 231
Michele Cooke – 61

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