The four candidates were whittled down to three aldermen.

Both Mark Greene and Ron Klepcyk won re-election with exactly 502 votes each, while John Peterson joined the town of Elon board as its newest member with the highest number of votes at 541. Jim Chanas was not elected to the board with 305 votes.

"I appreciate the confidence the voters have shown in me and I'm grateful to be able to continue another four years," Klepcyk said. "Everyone worked really hard in this campaign and you just don't know until the end."

He's running because he said it's essential for those who live in a community to give back to their community. Elon's top priorities should be supporting downtown businesses and economic expansion, he said.

"One way to increase revenue is through increasing development in the town," he said. "Adding business and new residential developments will add to the town's tax base and increase its revenue. This should be the top priority in the years to come."

Even though Klepcyk said he doesn't know Peterson very well, he is excited to have him join the board.

"I don't know John well but we spent 13 hours together today (at the polls) and we know each other much better," Klepcyk said. "I look forward to working with him and I think he can make a real contribution."

Peterson has no previous experience in politics but is eager to get involved with his community and has been active on the county level for years. Lawrence Slade, the alderman who chose not to run again after more than 20 years on the board, was one of the men who encouraged Peterson to run.

"I have been asked by a lot of people to get involved and one of the ways to get involved is through the government," he said.

Peterson owns an insurance company, Peterson Agency, and plans to use that business experience to help Elon increase economically.

Growing Elon's businesses are something Peterson is looking forward to, he said. But the main focus is to fully grasp his responsibilities and learn the inner workings of the town.

"The number one thing is to approach and understand the issues," he said. "I want to get a handle on what the issues are and feel good about that first. I want to start improving every situation, even if there is not a problem there is always improvement in areas."

Greene was also re-elected to the board and he said he was very excited and grateful.

"It was a really long day but the turnout was really good and I'm thankful for everyone who voted for me," Greene said. "I'm very, very happy."

Being on the board is a civic responsibility instead of a political ambition, he said.

He also agreed that increasing revenue for the town and expanding businesses would be a top priority while he serves on the board.

"I also believe we should continue to investigate different options to enhance the downtown area for the benefit of the students of Elon and the permanent residents," Greene said.

All three of the elected board members said the relationship between the town and the university was where it should be.

The referendum to allow mixed beverages at Elon was also approved by 74 percent to 25 percent.


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