Coe takes tight race; Mosley, Sutphin win easily

David Broyles & Keith Strange

May 7, 2014

DOBSON — Surry County Board of Education Chairman Earlie Coe retained the District 3 seat on the Surry County Board of Education, eeking out an 1,883-vote to 1,817-vote victory over challenger Linda Davis. Coe’s total represented 42.25 percent of all those cast, compared to 40.77 percent for Davis.

The unofficial results were reported by the local board of elections office Tuesday night, after the statewide computer software package that totals votes and reports them online crashed. As of 10 p.m., that system was still down, leaving the outcome of many races across North Carolina in doubt.

In other school board races, retiring Surry County Schools Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Dr. Terri E. Mosley defeated Ross A. Scott and Brad M. Brindle, while Mamie McKinney Sutphin outdistanced Wayne Jessup and Chad Slater.

Mosley garnered 2,475 votes, or 56.25 percent, to easily outdistance the combined total of her challenger for the seat being vacated by Brian Gates, who opted not to seek re-election. Sutphin totaled 2,186 votes, or 49.36 percent of those cast.

Mosley said she will now do on the board what she has been doing since she took a job in the school system in 1987.

“I promise I’m going to commit the same effort to my service on the board that I’ve given throughout my career and hope to be able to continue working for the students of Surry County,” she said.

Mosley credited Scott and Brindle with running a clean campaign.

“I appreciate all the candidates and their interest and support of public education in Surry County,” she said. “That’s important today.”

She said all the candidates for the seat would have been good choices.

“I think they all had strengths to bring to the table,” she said. “I just feel very blessed to have been chosen by the people to support the school system, teachers, students and their families in the community.”

Brindle said he had no regrets about the race, and wanted to thank those residents who cast their vote his way.

“This was my first time running for public office, and the biggest thing I’ve learned is you have to try your best and keep your head up no matter what happens,” he said.

“This was a cordial race,” Brindle added. “I think everyone truly liked each other and we had no problems.

“I wish (Mosley) the very best in her new position and know she’ll put our kids first when it comes to the county schools and education in the county.”

Repeated attempts to contact Scott throughout the day were unsuccessful.

“I’m excited but thankful to all the people who supported the campaign and voted for me,” said Stuphin, whose win marked the first time she had run for public office.”I really enjoyed the process and enjoyed meeting people from all across the county. I am looking forward to getting to learn more about our schools and being more involved.”

Sutphin said she feels children’s education is the key to the future and said Sue Stone had been tremendous at representing the county’s schools.

“It’s an honor to follow her,” Sutphin said. “She’s a wonderful lady and a pillar of the community will all her years of service.”

Board of Education members serve four year terms.

David Broyles may be reached at 336-719-1952 or on twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.