Voters took to the polls last Tuesday and decided on new leadership for various municipal boards in Jackson County. Current Sylva Town Board member Christina Matheson was elected as Sylva's new mayor after defeating newcomer Jeremy Edmonds with 162 votes to Edmonds' 36.
“I am extremely excited, honored and humbled,” Matheson said.
After learning that outgoing Mayor Maurice Moody was not seeking re-election, Matheson felt compelled to step up. “I have served on the Sylva Town Council for four years and have learned much about municipal government,” said Matheson. “When Mayor Moody decided not to run for another term as mayor, I felt it was the right time for me to 'throw my hat into the ring. I loved Sylva and was committed to all that it represents. I felt I could be effective in the position of mayor and be a positive catalyst for Sylva’s growth and prosperity.”