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GOP primary results in: Priola, Paisley, and Thompson advance to Nov. ballot

Republican primary voters kept commissioner chairman John Paisley, Jr. and commissioner Pam Thompson on their ticket for November, adding Ed Priola, who actually led the GOP voting.

Priola has 9,171 votes in final, unofficial returns, while Paisley was second with 8,369, and Thompson had 7,126. Paisley and Thompson were first elected in 2020.

Ed Priola
John Paisley, Jr.
Pam Thompson

The three runners-up were school board member Ryan Bowden, with 6,503, Leonard Harrison with 5,818, and Barry Joyce in sixth place with 4,351. Incumbent Republican Bill Lashley did not seek re-election.

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Priola, Paisley, and Thompson will face off against three Democrats who did not have a primary: Chris Smith of Mebane; former Green Level mayor Carissa Graves, now of Graham; and Anthony Pierce, who sought the post unsuccessfully in 2022, placing third behind the two Republicans who were elected that year.

The county commissioner primary was the only local election for Republican voters, who also had a host of state races in addition to the Presidential primary.

Alamance County voters were even more firmly in Donald Trump’s corner than those across the state, receiving 13,012, or 78.19 percent, of county Republican votes.  Nikki Haley was far back with 3,166 votes and 19.02 percent.

Statewide, Trump was winning 74.70 percent to Haley’s 22.54 percent.

For Democrats, the only local primary was for state senate, with Donna Vanhook outpolling John Coleman, 6,545 (76.99 percent) to 1,956 (23.01 percent). Vanhook will face incumbent Republican state senator Amy Galey.

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