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2/12/2018 10:48:00 PM
Busy Day At Elections Offices
Democrats filing Monday included Franklin Lowery (on the left) for Clerk of Court, Mayor Ed Hatley (second from left), Mary Frances White (fourth from left), Dr. Martin Eaddy (second from right) and Dr. Jim Watson (on right).  Bishop Lowery, pastor of Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church, and White, operator of Ebony & White Funeral Services, will be seeking to become the first African-Americans ever elected in Lincoln County.(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)
Democrats filing Monday included Franklin Lowery (on the left) for Clerk of Court, Mayor Ed Hatley (second from left), Mary Frances White (fourth from left), Dr. Martin Eaddy (second from right) and Dr. Jim Watson (on right).  Bishop Lowery, pastor of Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church, and White, operator of Ebony & White Funeral Services, will be seeking to become the first African-Americans ever elected in Lincoln County.

(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)

Lincolnton Police Sgt. Willie Vaughn also filed for the Ward One seat on the City Council and will oppose White in the May 8th primary.  Tim Smith, who currently holds the seat, isn't running for re-election.  Smith is a Republican; Vaughn and White are Democrats.
Lincolnton Police Sgt. Willie Vaughn also filed for the Ward One seat on the City Council and will oppose White in the May 8th primary.  Tim Smith, who currently holds the seat, isn't running for re-election.  Smith is a Republican; Vaughn and White are Democrats.

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Bill Beam, who is running for Sheriff, brought along a sizable entourage of supporters including fellow County Commissioner Rich Permenter.  Beam running for Sheriff and Martin Oakes for NC Senate will leave two slots on the County Commission open for newcomers.  Commissioner Carrol Mitchem has also announced he'll run for Sheriff, but his term on the Commission lasts two more years.  He would only have to resign if elected Sheriff.

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


It was the same at all area election offices on Monday (Feb. 12th).  Big crowds gathered as the filing for partisan posts in this year's election opened at noon.  There were many candidates making the effort to file early and even bigger crowds of supporters.

In Cleveland County, a crowd estimated at about 150 gathered outside the election office to show support for Sheriff Alan Norman, who filed seeking his third term.  In Catawba County, ten candidates filed during the first hour.  In Lincoln County, two of the candidates for Sheriff filed Monday as well as the first candidate for County Commissioner, both the incumbent Clerk of Court and Register of Deeds, and a Democratic candidate for the Clerk's office.  

A Republican primary had been expected--with multiple candidates seeking the GOP nomination for Sheriff. County Commission chairman Bill Beam filed as did Captain Tim Johnson.  Lt. Jon Propst told us Monday that he will file later in the week.

It came as a surprise when the slate of candidates Democratic Party leaders had chosen for City offices were joined by Sgt. Willie Vaughn of the Lincolnton Police Department. Vaughn will oppose funeral director Mary Frances White, who is making her second run for the Ward One seat on the City Council, in the May primary.  Councilman Dr. Martin Eaddy and Mayor Ed Hatley also filed Monday as did Dr. Jim Watson.  Watson, like Eaddy, is a former superintendent of Lincoln County Schools.  He currently serves as chairman of the board of LEDA (Lincoln Economic Development Association) and of the Board of Trustees of Gaston College.

Clerk of Court Fred Hatley filed to seek his fifth term in that office.  He may or may not have an opponent in the primary, but Franklin Lowery filed for the Democratic nomination for Clerk of Court.

Danny Hester filed for re-election as Register of Deeds.  

Christine Poinsette filed to run for one of the two seats up for election this year for County Commissioner.  Later in the afternoon, Milton Sigmon from Iron Station and George Mull, who lives in far northwestern Lincoln County, also filed as GOP candidates for County Commissioner.

In Catawba County, two candidates for Sheriff filed. Captain Jason Reid filed to succeed his father, who is retiring from the post in December. Also filing for Sheriff on Monday was Don Brown, chief of the Newton Police Dept. Both are Republicans.

Two Democrats were among the four candidates who filed Monday for Catawba County Commissioner. Three seats are up for election this year. Laci LeBlanc and Michelle Morgan were joined by incumbent Commissioner Sherry Butler and Derek Colson, who filed as GOP candidates.

Cathy Starnes filed to oppose incumbent Kim Sigmon for Clerk of Court in the Republican primary. Ric Vandett, a Democrat, and Mark Hollo and incumbent Andy Wells, both Republicans, filed the 42nd district seat in the NC Senate. Mitchell Setzer, a Republican, filed for re-election to the 89th district seat in the NC House. Kim Bost, a Democrat, and Taylor Huffman, a Republican, filed for the 96th district NC House seat.



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While they didn't file in Catawba County, David Learner (the incumbent) and Scott Reilly both filed for District Attorney (district 36). Democrat Jenny Marshall filed to oppose Virginia Foxx, the incumbent Republican for US Congress in the 5th district. David Wilson Brown from McAdenville filed for the Democratic nomination to oppose Patrick McHenry for the 10th district seat in Congress. McHenry also got an opponent for the primary as Kings Mountain attorney Gina Rockey Collias filed as a GOP candidate for the seat.

In Gaston County, Democratic Sheriff Alan Cloninger filed for re-election. Susan Maxon filed for the Democratic nomination to oppose incumbent Republican Dana Bumgardner for the NC House seat from district 109. Maxon lost to Bumgardner in 2016.

Kathy Harrington filed for re-election to NC House seat 43 and John Torbett for seat 108. Both are Republicans.

County Commissioners Tracy Philbeck, Tom Keigher and Chad Brown, all Republicans, filed for re-election to the Gaston County Board of Commissioners. Larry Brown filed for the GOP nomination for the post he currently holds--Clerk of Court.

In Cleveland County, in addition to Sheriff Norman, others filing Monday included Mitzie McGraw, seeking re-election as Clerk of Court. Tim Moore filed for re-election to the NC House. Eddie Holbrook filed for re-election to a third term as a County Commissioner.

Doug Bridges and Ronnie Whetstine, who were appointed to fill unexpired terms, filed to run for election to the County Commission.

Dr. David Curtis filed for the NC Senate in the district which now includes all of Lincoln and Cleveland counties and a small part (two precincts) in Gaston County.  Curtis will be seeking his fourth term.  Former Shelby mayor Ted Alexander also filed for the seat.  Lincoln County Commissioner Martin Oakes hasn't filed yet, but will also run for the GOP nomination in the May 8th primary.

Several more candidates are expected to file later this week for various offices.  

The May 8th primary in both Lincoln and Gaston counties will include a referendum on a quarter-cent local option sales tax.  Gaston County voters will also vote on a $250 million school bond issue.



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