By Nathan Baker
Both incumbents retained their seats in Mountain City’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen election Saturday, leaving a former mayor the odd man out and candidates criticizing a low turnout.
Bud Crosswhite and Kenny Icenhour were both re-elected to serve four-year terms on the city’s governing board, Crosswhite with 175 total votes and Icenhour with 160.
“I’m thankful for the outcome,” Crosswhite said Saturday after the final tally. “I’m glad for those who supported me and came out to vote.”
Crosswhite was appointed in 2010 to fill the seat left open by the death of Alderman Willis Walker.
He said this election, his first, was an exciting and rewarding experience.
“I’m excited, but I’m glad it’s over, it’s been quite an election,” Icenhour said of his victory. “I’m looking forward to another four years. We’ve got a good mayor and a good board, and I think we work well together.”
Former Mayor Kevin Parsons earned 98 votes in his unsuccessful bid to regain a spot on the Mountain City board.
Parsons, who served as mayor from 2007 to 2011, lost his seat two years ago to then-Alderman Lawrence Keeble.
Despite an endorsement from outgoing state Rep. Scotty Campbell, Parsons was defeated last year in the District 3 Republican primary by Timothy Hill, who went on to win the seat.
Parsons could not be reached Saturday for a comment on the election.
Icenhour said the low rate of voter turnout was disappointing and encouraged more residents to take part in local government.
“It’s sad that people don’t want to come out an exercise their rights to vote,” he said of the 251 total votes, 14 percent of registered voters.