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Andy Langford III

King, Parsley, Sweat win unopposed re-election

CONCORD – Andy Langford III will take his seat on Concord City Council.

Langford, a pastor who has been living in Concord for 17 years, won election for District 1 during Tuesday’s election.

He won with 36 percent of the vote, taking 2076 votes in unofficial results released Tuesday by the Cabarrus Board of Elections. Coretta Grant finished second 1851 votes, followed by Barbara Strang's 1715 and Marcus J. Singleton with 104. Singleton dropped out of the race, but too late to have his name removed from the ballot.

Langford, who was pastor for 15 years at Central United Methodist Church in downtown Concord, will take the seat previously held by the late Sam Leder, who died in late June. David W. Phillips, a former councilmember, is temporarily holding onto the seat until a new District 1 councilmember is sworn in.

Langford said he waited for the election results at the Cabarrus Brewing Company with more than 100 family members, friends and supporters.

“I am very excited and very pleased,” Langford said. “I think it’s going to be a great opportunity to serve the community.”

Coretta Grant finished second in the election with 32 percent of the votes, following by Barbara Strang.

“Coretta Grant ran a spectacular campaign,” Langford said. “She is a wonderful person. I congratulate her on a campaign well run.”

Langford said he hopes to continue helping lead Concord down a bright path, and making Leder, his friend and neighbor, proud.

“Sam was a great person and we all miss him a great deal,” Langford said. “I really do not come in with an agenda. I have a great deal to learn. I am going to do a great deal of listening.”

Concord City Council incumbents Brian King (District 2), Jennifer Parsley (District 6) and John Sweat (District 7) won their respective election unopposed.

Sitting on Concord City Council will be Langford, King, Ella Mae Smith (District 3), JC McKenzie (District 4), Terry Crawford (District 5), Parsley and Sweat.

“I think Concord is in a blessed position,” Langford said. “We have a very strong city council and mayor and staff. I look forward to continuing the strategic planning. I look forward to participating and looking at where Concord goes in the future.”