Baisden, Kinard and Sweet winners in Saluda election

Published 4:59 pm Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The City of Saluda has a new mayor and one new city commissioner.

Fred Baisden narrowly edged John Morgan in the race for Saluda mayor. Baisden had 104 votes, followed by Morgan with 102.

Despite the loss in the race for mayor, Morgan will continue to serve his current term as a Saluda city commissioner.

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Incumbent mayor Rodney Gibson, who has served the town for about 11 years as an elected official, including the last three as mayor, came in third with 43 votes.

The city commissioner race included three candidates seeking two open seats. George Sweet won convincingly with 201 votes, or 42 percent of the vote.

The next closest vote getter was incumbent Johnnie Kinard, who received 130 votes, just two more than Hop Foster with 128.

Laura Fields received 20 votes although she had withdrawn from the race because of health issues.

Her name remained on the ballot, but the city&squo;s board of commissioners would have had to appoint someone to fill her seat if she had been elected.

Sweet and Kinard will join John Morgan and Leon Morgan on the city&squo;s four-member board of commissioners.