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Swain County re-elects Sheriff Curtis Cochran; Republicans sweep school board election

Securing 71.7 percent (3,305)  of the votes cast in Swain County, Sheriff Curtis Cochran was re-elected to a 5th team leading the county’s law enforcement agency. Cochran beat out Democratic challenger Doug (Tank) Anthony who garnered 1,306 votes. 

Just under 50 percent (48.59 percent or 4,830 people) of Swain County’s 9,940 registered voters showed up at the polls for the mid-term elections. 

The Republican-dominated county elected all Republican members to the Swain County Board of Education with R.L. Taylor and Lisa Loftis beating Democrats Jamie Fisher and incumbent Travis Hyatt. Taylor received 2,361 votes, Loftis receives 2,332 votes followed by Hyatt with 2,048 and Fisher with 1,783 votes. 

Billy Dills and Patrick Breedlove won the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor seats beating out Afton Darnell Roberts. Dills received 2,372 votes, Breedlove received 1,949 votes, and Roberts received 1,907 votes. 

Swain County Board of Commissioner Incumbent Ben Busyhead, a Democrat, was beaten by Republican challenger Kevin Seagle for the Chairman seat on the board of commissioners. Seagle received 2,726 votes to Busyhead’s 1,950. Seagle vacated his current seat on the board of commissioners in order to run for Chairman of the board. 

Phillip Carson was the top vote-getter for the Swain County Board of Commissioners race, which had two open seats. Carson received 2,545 votes. David Loftis secured his seat on the board as the second-highest vote-getter with 2,439 votes. Carson and Loftis, both Republicans beat out unaffiliated candidate Cynthia Womble (1,250 votes) and Democrat Deborah Smith (1,797 votes). 

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