Election Day 2013 has come and gone and the results indicate that Mint Hill town leadership will remain largely unchanged. Mayor Ted Biggers, who ran unopposed, as well as incumbents Lloyd Austin, Mickey Ellington and Tina Ross pulled in a majority of the votes. Brenda McRae is the only incumbent not returning to her position on the Town Council. She was edged out by 244 votes in favor of Richard “Fig” Newton.

According to official election records, there are 16,555 registered voters in Mint Hill, but only about 2,200 actually came out to vote on November 5.

Commissioner elect Newton will be sworn in on December 12 during the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting at Mint Hill Town Hall.

Richard Newton

Richard Newton

Newton, who is a 20 year resident of Mint Hill, is grateful for the opportunity to serve.

“Thank you Mint Hill residents,” says Newton, “I appreciate your confi- dence and look forward to serving you.”

Mint Hill continues to grow as the four exits on I-485 become settled with new business and resi dential areas. Managing growth while maintaining the small town atmosphere is what residents have declared emphatically is non-negotiable. This issue will continue to be on the forefront of the board’s priorities.

“We want to make sure we continue to grow,” says Commissioner Lloyd Austin, “and to keep our budget in good shape.”

The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held tonight, Thursday, No- vember 14, at 7 pm at Mint Hill Town Hall.