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2/28/2018 3:20:00 PM
Primary Races Set As Filing Closes
Natalie Robertson of Denver filed Wednesday for the NC House seat currently held by Jason Saine.  She paused for this photo with her children.(Photo Courtesy Natalie Robertson)
Natalie Robertson of Denver filed
Wednesday for the NC House seat
currently held by Jason Saine.  She
paused for this photo with her children.

(Photo Courtesy Natalie Robertson)

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GOP candidates for the City election
include Fred Jarrett (left) and Paul
Eurey (right), both of whom filed
Wednesday (Feb. 28th).

(Photo Courtesy Brad Putnam, Lincoln County Elections Office)

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

A busy final day of filing set the field for the Primary Election in Lincoln County.  Gaston County got another candidate for a seat in the NC House.  Catawba and Cleveland counties got no new candidates on the final day.  The deadline for filing was noon Wednesday (Feb. 28th).

Dillon Gentry from Banner Elk filed Wednesday for the 5th District Congressional seat currently held by Virginia Foxx. Foxx also faces another GOP challenger, Cortland Meader from Mocksville. Two Democrats are seeking their party's nomination: Jenny Marshall and DD Adams, both from Forsyth County.  The district includes a small portion of Catawba County.

No new candidates Wednesday for the 10th District seat currently held by Patrick McHenry. He faces opposition from five other Republicans in the Primary. David Wilson Brown is the sole Democratic candidate.  The 10th District stretches from Buncombe County to Catawba and includes Lincoln, Gaston and Cleveland as well as other counties between there and Asheville.

No new candidates Wednesday for the NC Senate seats from Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba and Cleveland counties. Dr. David Curtis has two opponents in the GOP Primary: County Commissioner Martin Oakes and former Shelby mayor Ted Alexander. David Lee Lattimore of Shelby is the only Democrat to file for the seat from District 44.  No new candidates filed Wednesday for the other NC Senate seats from Gaston, Cleveland and Catawba counties.

State Representative Jason Saine will face an opponent in the Primary--Nic Haag, who filed Tuesday. Natalie Robertson from Denver filed Wednesday as a Democratic candidate for that 97th District seat.

No new candidates filed Wednesday for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Six Republicans will be trying for the two seats up for election. No Democratic candidates filed for County Commissioner.

Attorney Greg Smith became the third candidate for the GOP nomination for Clerk of Court. He and Heather Hester Job, daughter of Register of Deeds Danny Hester, will oppose Fred Hatley who is seeking his fifth term. Franklin Lowery was the only Democrat to file for that post.

Mike Miller will face no opposition as he seeks re-election as District Attorney.

Republican Party chairman Brian Crisson filed Wednesday for Lincoln County Register of Deeds. He's the only challenger to fellow Republican Danny Hester.

As expected, Anthony Huss filed for Sheriff on Wednesday, the sixth GOP candidate. No Democrat filed. Alan Hoyle is expected to run as an unaffiliated candidate. He has until Primary Election day to turn in enough signatures to get on the November ballot.

Ed Hatley will run unopposed for re-election as Mayor of Lincolnton, but there will be an election for the three seats on the City Council up for election this year. Democrat Marty Eaddy will face a Republican challenger this Fall. Derek Thom filed for that Ward III seat last week.

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Paul Eurey filed Wednesday as the only GOP candidate for the Ward I seat currently held by Tim Smith, who was appointed to fill out the term of the late Devin Rhyne. Smith did not want to seek re-election. The Democrats will have a Primary for that seat: former City police officer and School Resource Officer Willie Vaughn will run against funeral director Mary Frances White in the only Democratic primary in Lincoln County.

Fred Jarrett filed Wednesday seeking the Ward II unexpired term. Former mayor David Black had served in that position after Dr. John "Les" Cloninger resigned. He decided not to run this year. The election for the Ward II seat will be for two years instead of four. All other City elections are now for four-year terms. Dr. Jim Watson, who serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Gaston College and of LEDA, is the Democratic candidate for that seat.

Christy MCleary from Bessemer City filed Wednesday for the NC House District 110 seat currently held by Kelly Hastings of Cherryville. Hastings also faces opposition in the GOP Primary from Charlene High of Dallas.

No new candidates filed for Gaston County Commissioner on Wednesday. Locke Bell, Alan Cloninger, and Larry Brown won't face opposition in either the Primary or General Election. No opponents filed to oppose them for District Attorney, Sheriff, or Clerk of Court.

No new candidates filed for any office in Catawba or Cleveland County on Wednesday.

The Lincoln Herald hasn't provided much information about the candidates so far. That was intentional. We'll be doing interviews and running articles about them closer to the time when you can vote. We wanted to wait until the field was complete. 

Another way to learn more about the candidates is the Lincoln Betterment Association candidate forums--this year, there will be two.

Since there will be so many candidates seeking office, ELBA has committed to two nights instead of one.

Both will be from 6:30 until 9 PM at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Highway 16 Business at Triangle.

The first, for candidates for Sheriff, Clerk of Court and Register of Deeds will be Wednesday April 11th.

The second will be Thursday April 12th for candidates for the US House, NC Senate, and Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.

If you haven't yet registered to vote (or have moved), April 13th is the deadline to register to vote in the May 8th primary. Early voting will begin April 19th.

All registered voters will be able to vote in the Primary.  Democrats can only vote in their Primary and Republicans and Libertarians in theirs.  Unaffiliated voters can choose to vote in any of the party primaries without affecting their unaffiliated registration.  

All voters in Lincoln and Gaston counties will also be able to vote in a referendum on a quarter-cent local option sales tax.  While the money will go into the counties' General Fund, the Commissioners in both counties have said they'll use it for education.  In Gaston County, voters will also decide on a $250 million School Bond issue.


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