Holly Springs voters headed to the polls Nov. 8 and let their voices be heard. While voters reelected Tim Sack to his position on the Holly Springs Town Council, they also elected newcomer Cheri Lee. However, the council was not the only thing voters faced on election day. Voters also said yes to a parks and recreation bond referendum.
According to Wake County Board of Election officials, 4,593 people headed to the polls to vote for the two people they would like to see serve on the Holly Springs Town Council.
Incumbent Tim Sack and newcomer Cheri Lee captured the most votes of the night. Sack and Lee both captured 875 votes and will fill the two seats that were up for grabs on the Holly Springs Town Council. Former Holly Springs Mayor Gerald Holleman came in third and captured 806 votes. Candidate Ken Henke captured 669 votes, Ray Riordan captured 538 votes, Otis Byrd captured 483 votes and Arthur (Pete) Utley, Jr. received 325 votes. There were 22 votes for write-in candidates.
Lee, who filled the seat vacated by long time council member Parrish Womble, said she could not have won without those who helped her in her campaign. However, she said the seat on the town council did not just belong to her.
“I want to thank all those who worked tirelessly to help me win this seat, a seat that is not just mine but the citizens of Holly Springs. I especially want to thank my family, campaign team, friends and supporters for their hard work and trust in me throughout this race. Thank you to God for the courage and strength to endure (among many other things)!“
Lee said she wanted to thank the other candidates for running a clean campaign.
“To the other candidates, I want to say that I am very proud to have ran this race with you as the dignity and class that was exhibited was witnessed and appreciated by many.”
Lee said she is excited to serve.
“I want to thank the citizens of Holly Springs for electing me as their newest councilwoman. Your confidence in my ability to hold this position is greatly appreciated. Although I have a lot to learn, I will work with the integrity and trustworthiness I promised.”
However, that was not the only things Holly Spring voters had to vote on election day. Holly Springs voters also voted to support a $20 million parks and recreation bond referendum. Wake County Board of Election officials said 2,532 people voted for the bond referendum. According to election results, 1,499 voters voted in favor of the bond and 1,033 residents voted against it.
Holly Springs resident Kevin Adams said he voted in favor of the referendum.
“Tons of debt is coming off the books,” Adams said. “We borrow 20 million over several years. This is a no brained and my taxes won’t go up.”
Former Holly Springs Town Council Member Hank Dickson also said he voted in favor of the referendum.
“It was the only choice that made sense,” Dickson said.