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McDaniel and El-Amin win Democratic primary in District A commissioners race

McDaniel and El-Amin win Democratic primary in District A commissioners race

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Challenger Tonya McDaniel and incumbent Fleming El-Amin have won the democratic nomination for two seats representing District A on the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.

McDaniel and El-Amin defeated incumbent Everette Witherspoon and challenger Tony Lewis Burton III.

Neither El-Amin nor McDaniel could be reached for comment Tuesday night.

No Republicans filed in the district, which is mostly inside Winston-Salem.

In the at-large race for a single seat on the board of commissioners, A.L. “Buddy” Collins was victorious over Jimmie Boyd.

With all of Forsyth’s 101 precincts reporting, complete but unofficial results showed McDaniel had 3,328 votes, or 27.52 percent, while El-Amin had 3,057 votes, or 25.28 percent. Witherspoon had 24.03 percent and Burton had 23.16 percent of the votes.

Collins overwhelmingly defeated Boyd with 6,089 votes, or 66.67 percent.

“I just appreciate all the people who came out and voted for me,” Collins said Tuesday evening. “I’m looking forward to working to own more votes as we progress to the General Election. My priorities stay the same. I’m still a common-sense conservative, looking to make sure that our spending priorities are aligned to the desires of the voters and that we put education first.”

McDaniel, 46, is director of human resources for United Health Centers.

Her political and civic experience includes N.C. Bar state bar certified paralegal, Forsyth County Notary Public, 2nd vice-chairwoman NAACP-Lifetime member and 3rd vice-chairwoman of Forsyth County Democratic Women.

McDaniel has said that her top priority as a county commissioner will be “accountability for the safety of all, emotional intelligence evaluating the property tax rate and equity in the school systems.”

She has said that the equity in the school systems in District A is directly tied to funding by the county commissioners and the tax rate in that district.

El-Amin, 66, is an associate consultant for International Negotiating Consultants. He served on the Forsyth County Board of Elections for two terms and is a member and former chairman of the Forsyth County Democratic Party. He is a board member of Piedmont Regional Triad Council and a lifetime member of the NAACP. He was appointed as a commissioner to fill the unexpired term of former Commissioner Walter Marshall, who died in February 2017.

El-Amin also has said the budget is the county’s No. 1 priority.

Collins, 60, is a general practice attorney. He is a former member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education and the board of trustees of Forsyth Technical Community College. He was a vice chairman of the State Board of Education from 2013 to 2018.

Collins has said he wants to “prioritize spending to align with fiscal requirements of the county to limit the increase of taxes.”

He will now face incumbent Ted Kaplan, a Democrat, in the November General Election for the at-large seat on the board of commissioners.

“I’m sure that Mr. Kaplan and I will have plenty of differences to discuss as the campaign goes forward, but I look forward to having those discussions,” Collins said.

Boyd, 45, is the co-owner of D&D Fabrications. He ran unsuccessfully for the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners in 2012.

Witherspoon, 40, is chief executive of Chris’s Rehab Services. He has been a county commissioner for two terms.

Burton, 51, is chief executive of Northwest Child Development Centers Inc. and president of TL Burton and Associates LLC.

fdaniel@wsjournal.com 336-727-7366 @fdanielWSJ

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