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District 3 commission race close
Levent, Harrell meet again next month
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Forsyth County News

The District 3 Forsyth County commission race is likely headed to a runoff election, since none of the Republican candidates grabbed more than 50 percent of the vote.

Though results won't be official until Friday, it appears incumbent Commissioner Jim Harrell will face challenger Todd Levent in the Aug. 10 runoff for the party's nomination.

No Democrats are seeking the seat.

As of Wednesday, Levent led the Republican primary with 1,008 votes, or about 33 percent of the total, followed by Harrell with 947 votes, or about 31 percent.

Josh Shorr came in a close third at 916 votes, or about 30 percent, while Mark Venco took in 186 votes, or about 6 percent.

Tuesday night, Levent sported a wide grin during an elections party with about 60 of his supporters and their families.

"It's been a great overall experience," he said. "I've met a lot of new people and made a lot of new friends."

He's looking forward to continuing to campaign about 16 hours a day with supporters, and hopefully adding some new ones.

Harrell said during a Tuesday night gathering of friends that he was proud of his positive campaign.

"You run it the way you think it should be done and then see what the people say," he said.

Harrell hoped to discuss, rather than debate, some of the county's issues in a public setting with Levent before the runoff.

Shorr said he was "humbled" by the support he received from the community.

His camp kept open the possibility that absentee ballots could propel him into the runoff.

"It doesn't matter to me what the results are, though," Shorr said. "I ran a campaign that I am proud of."

Regardless of the outcome, he plans to stay active in several county organizations.

Venco said he plans to put his support behind a District 3 candidate who will adopt his "firm beliefs" of representing the homeowners, especially through regular meetings.

"We ran a campaign that was truly going to represent the homeowners," he said. "Unfortunately, I believe that money and campaign infrastructure won the election and not actual issues."