Incumbent Robert Clark defeats primary challengers in bid for city council
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Republican incumbent Robert Clark defeated two primary challengers Tuesday night in his bid to win his fourth term on the Winston-Salem City Council, representing the West Ward.
Clark received 639 votes or 54 percent of the ballots to win the primary, according to complete but unofficial results. Howard Hudson finished second with 292 votes or 24 percent, and Andrew Johnson was third with 263 votes or 22 percent.
Johnson and Howard were making their first bids for public office. Clark faces no Democratic opponent in the Nov. 5 election.
Clark attributed his victory to a majority of voters in West Ward recognizing that the city is moving a positive direction.
“ We are trying to do a good job of delivering basic city services — police, fire, water and sewer — and moving the city to the next generation of jobs that will provide a good economy for our children,” Clark said. “I look forward to making Winston-Salem a great place to live.”
Clark previously said he ran for re-election because he wanted to help the city maintain its strong fiscal management and economic development.
During their campaigns, Hudson and Johnson criticized Clark for voting too often with the council’s Democratic majority on projects, including taxpayers’ money for BB&T Ballpark.
Hudson criticized the city for embarking on such projects such as a proposal for a downtown streetcar that would cost about $179 million. Hudson also advocated that Winston-Salem should consider hiring private companies to provide some city services as a way to save money.
Johnson had said he wanted to bring a conservative perspective to the council, and that he was concerned the city’s property-tax rate has increased.
View more primary election results at the Winston-Salem Journal.