FROM STAFF REPORTS
Statesville Mayor Pro Tem William Morgan announced Wednesday morning that he would not call for a runoff election for two contested at-large seats on the Statesville City Council.
Morgan, who has served two terms on the council, finished fourth in an eight-person race in the May 17 election. Incumbent Steve Johnson was the top-vote getter, followed by challengers James Pressly and Kimberly Wasson.
“It has been an honor to represent the citizens of Statesville as a council member and Mayor Pro Tem for the last 8½ years,” Morgan said in a statement. “I have worked tirelessly to advocate for the city, its citizens and needs.”
Wasson has said she would call for a runoff.
The run-off election is scheduled for July 27. Early voting is scheduled for July 7-23.
The only other City of Statesville race where a run-off is possible is the the mayoral race. Incumbent Costi Kutteh won the May 17 election, surviving a challenge by six other candidates. Brian Summers, who finished second, has said he would call for a runoff.
Statement by Mayor Pro Tem William Morgan
After much prayerful consideration and introspection, I have decided not to participate in the runoff election for the at large seat for Statesville City Council.
It has been an honor to represent the citizens of Statesville as a council member and Mayor Pro Tem for the last 8 ½ years. I have worked tirelessly to advocate for the city, its citizens and needs. I have left with a record of accomplishment for the best for all. I’d like to thank all of you for your support and prayers. Most importantly, I’d like to thank my family for their unwavering support, especially my wife, Tina. You are my rock.
Statesville is in an unprecedented period of economic growth: industrial, commercial and residential. I urge my colleagues on the council to look not to the past but to the future of our city and support that which is right. As I learned, that is no easy task, but one which must be done with all in mind, setting aside personal agendas and accomplishing the best for our town. I have had the privilege to serve with great leaders. All eyes will be on you, our newly elected officials , as we hold you to your role as fiduciaries of this town and its resources. Judge wisely, my friends.
I will continue to serve our city and state as a board member of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, having been appointed by N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore to this role.
I thank you all for the opportunity given to me to serve you. I am always here to help in any way needed.
God bless you all.