Macon County saw a record number of voters cast their ballots in the 2020 General election, with 76.39% (20,748 out of 27,162) registered voters participating in the election. The vast majority of voters who cast their ballots selected Republican newcomer Josh Young as the next member of the Macon County Board of Commissioners.
Young, a local business owner and father of 5, ousted Democrat Betty Cloer Wallace by 14,709 to 5,339. Young will be taking the seat on the commission left vacant when Karl Gillespie decided to run for the North Carolina House of Representatives.
“I am so excited for the opportunity to serve the people of Macon County,” Young said Tuesday night. “It is not a position that I will take lightly. I am honored and humbled at this opportunity.”
In addition to Young, incumbent Republican Paul Higdon was also re-elected to the board of commissioners with 15,753 votes. Higdon ran unopposed for the Nantahala/Burningtown District on the board.
*Editor’s Note: This is part of our ongoing Election 2020 result series covering everything from winners of races to the role and functions of the Electoral College.