Jacobs and McKee keep their seats

May. 06, 2014 @ 10:27 PM

When it comes to the Orange County commissioners, the incumbents will remain.

Commissioner At Large Barry Jacobs and District 2 Commissioner Earl McKee maintained their seats, beating out challengers Bonnie Hauser and Mark Marcoplos.

“I’m pleased and gratified,” Jacobs said. “I think it’s a compliment when people vote and say that they appreciate what you do and the team you do it with.

Jacobs had 10,680 votes, or 68.2 percent to Hauser’s 4,974 votes, or 31.8 percent. McKee had 4,041 votes, or 60.4 percent, to Marcoplos 39.6 percent or 2,648 votes. Neither faces an opponent in the fall.

“To win by that kind of a margin under such criticism is especially satisfying,” Jacobs said.

Despite the numbers, Jacobs said that this race was intense.

“It was a different kind of race because the competition began in January,” he said. “Running (for office) is a job. So I had three jobs. I’m very fortunate to be married to the best campaign manager ever, my wife Robin.

“We’re headed in the right direction,” Jacobs said. “We’re an open and honest board. Sometimes it’s messy. Sometimes it’s contentious but the people have faith in our ability as a board.”

McKee could not be reached Tuesday evening. In a recent interview, McKee said he wanted voters to give him “the opportunity to continue to represent you.”

“I ran in 2010 on three basic issues, quality schools, public safety and the need to expand the tax base through economic development.  These are still issues that are priorities for me,” he said. “The most gratifying parts of this job are linked to the small simple things that I have been able to do for individuals and groups.”

Republican Gary Kahn and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools board member and Democrat Mia Burroughs will head to the November general election for the District 1 Orange County Commissioner seat.