A quartet of Flat Rock Village Council candidates opposed to the North Highland Lake Road project won their races Tuesday, shifting the power balance on the seven-member council.
Thomas Carpenter, Anne Coletta and David Dethero won the District 1, 2 and 3 races. The trio ran as a team on a platform of fiscal conservancy, preserving Flat Rock’s character and undoing the controversial North Highland Lake Road widening plan.
In addition, current Councilman Nick Weedman was elected as the next mayor of Flat Rock in an unopposed race. Weedman was the only council member to oppose the North Highland Lake Road plan when it was approved in 2018.
In District 1, Carpenter led opponent Barbara Platz with 54.8% of the vote, according to unofficial results from the N.C. Board of Elections.
In District 2, Coletta, who previously served on the council from 2013 to 2017, defeated incumbent Ginger Brown with 53.5% of the vote.
In District 3, Dethero led the voting with 56% of the vote to Hilton Swing’s 43.7%.
Weedman drew 1,420 ballots, or 92%, although 118 write-in votes were also cast. . .