Gordon, 48, overcame Singleton’s touted experience as a former commissioner to win the seat by 50.63 percent, receiving 1,901 out of 3,755 total votes. Singleton received 1,854 votes, just over 49 percent. Gordon will replace present Commissioner Jason Nelms in January once he’s sworn in.
Gordon, an architect, and Singleton, a real estate consultant, faced off in the runoff after being the top two vote-getters in the May 20 Republican general primary.
“As a first-time candidate, I am humbled by the support of the voters that resulted in this victory. I want to thank my family, friends and supporters for encouraging me to run and for standing with me during the runoff,” Gordon said after the results. “I also want to thank the Cherokee County leaders who endorsed my campaign. Tonight, I am grateful to the voters for honoring me with the opportunity to serve as their next Commissioner and I look forward with great anticipation to serving District 4 in 2015.”
As an architect, Gordon said he often listens to the requests of many clients then works to produce what they’ve envisioned. He plans to carry his listening skills into office and work to make the citizens’ needs and visions transpire.
Singleton said he decided to run this time for the same reason he did back in 1998. He served on the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners from 1999 to 2003 and boasted his experience was what set him apart from Gordon. He moved to Cherokee County in 1986 and into District 4 in 1994.
“The only reason I ran the first time was because when I called my commissioner about 18 times, he never returned my calls. Well, I started hearing it was happening again. I wanted to make a difference and be available to the citizens,” Singleton said. “Scott did a really good job in his campaign and got his voters out. I congratulate him for running and he’s the one that will have to answer the calls now.”