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Sims will be next mayor of High Point
YES! Weekly reported last week that the results in the mayoral and Ward 1 races for High Point City Council were uncertain because the two respective top finishers did not receive more than 40 percent of the vote. In fact, the result is final, said Charlie Collicutt, Guilford County Deputy Elections Director.
Bernita Sims received 32.1 percent of the vote and will be the city’s next mayor. The vote was split among five candidates, with Coy Williard trailing Sims with 28.0 percent of the vote.
Jeff Golden received 26.7 percent of the vote to replace Sims in Ward 1. Golden’s race also included five candidates, and Orrick Quick placed second with 24.5 percent.
In many primaries, if the candidate who wins the highest number of votes fails to win more than 40 percent, the second-place finisher can request a runoff. But Collicutt said High Point municipal elections are structured so that there are no runoffs.