Holly Springs council incumbents hold on to posts
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
November 07, 2012 12:51 AM | 1244 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HOLLY SPRINGS — Both city council incumbents who faced challengers Tuesday in the Holly Springs city elections retained their seats.

In Post 3, incumbent Mike Zenchuk took 67 percent of the vote, or 2,210 votes, against challenger Alex Berkobin’s 33 percent, or 1,098 votes out of the 3,308 city residents who cast their ballots.

Mayor Tim Downing and Council Member Jeremy Smith were also up for re-election, but ran unopposed.

Zenchuk, who was elected last year to fill the unexpired term of Jacqueline Archer, said he is happy the election went in his favor and is looking forward to not having to run again for another four years.

“I’m looking forward to continuing what I started last year,” Zenchuk said. “As a member of the (Downtown Development Authority,) I’m excited about continuing the downtown project and getting that rolling. Also, I’ll continue to work on alleviating the disproportionate allocation of taxes on homeowners and moving more commercial and retail into the city.”

Berkobin did not respond to a call for comment by press time.

For the Post 4 contest, Karen Barnett received 65 percent of votes, or 2,179 votes. Her opponent, Bob Kovacs, received 35 percent of votes, or 1,199 votes out of 3,378 cast in Tuesday’s election.

Barnett said she is excited for the opportunity to complete many projects she’s been working on as a council member, including the new city park slated for Hickory Road and the city’s development of a downtown area.

“I’m thrilled,” Barnett said. “I’m just thrilled to get the chance to carry all of that on.”

Barnett said she appreciates the public for re-electing her to the seat.

“I’ve worked hard for them and evidently they know,” Barnett said.

Kovacs said the loss in his first campaign for elected office is “disappointing.”

“Thought I had a pretty good shot,” he said.

Moving forward, Kovacs said he will do whatever he can to support Barnett and continue in his role on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

Kovacs added it’s probably not going to be his last run for office.

“I just think if future council positions open up I’ll probably be looking at those,” Kovacs said.
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