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10/26/2020 10:35:00 AM
Election Update
A look at the race for Lincoln County Commissioners

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


We found it hard to believe last Thursday when in their coverage of the Presidential Debate, CNN interviewed what they said were eleven undecided voters.  By now, surely everyone has decided on their choice in that race.  

Important as it is, the Presidential election, the election for US Senate, Governor, and other statewide races aren't the only important ones to be decided.  The back-of-the-ballot races are also important.  If you live in the city of Lincolnton, there's a race for two City Council seats.  For Lincoln County voters, the back-of-the-ballot races include the Board of Education, where voters will actually choose who will hold a majority of the seats on that seven-member board.  There's also a race for three of the five seats on the Lincoln County Commission.  

Two of the current County Commissioners are seeking re-election.  Anita McCall is seeking her second term.  She ran in 2014 but came in third in the GOP Primary for two seats on the board.  In 2016, she was the top vote-getter in the General Election for Commissioner.

Carrol Mitchem has been a Lincoln County Commissioner for most of this century.  He was elected in 2002 but then lost in a primary bid for re-election in 2006 before being elected again in 2008.  He was the top vote-getter in 2012.  In the 2016 GOP Primary, he got the most votes of the three elected candidates.  In 2018, he ran for Sheriff.  Current Sheriff Bill Beam won that multi-candidate primary with nearly 50% of the votes.  Mitchem serves as the current chair of the Commissioners, a position he has previously held multiple times.

The third Republican candidate this year is Cathy Davis, who currently serves as the District 1 School Board representative and as chair of that board.  To many she is better known as the Executive Director of the Lincoln Cultural Center.

The sole Democratic candidate is Autumn Watson.  She was Autumn Stokes when she was crowned Lincoln County Apple Queen back in 2003.  Watson is hoping that her being the only candidate from the most populous township in the county, Catawba Springs, will help.  Rich Permenter, who decided not to seek re-election this year, lives on Lake Norman.  Both Mitchem and Davis are from North Brook township and McCall is from Lincolnton.  

We invited the candidates to address voters directly in short videos they supplied.  Click on the candidate's name to see their video:

Carrol Mitchem
Anita McCall
Cathy Davis
Autumn Watson

Early Voting, officially known as One-Stop Voting since you can both register (if you haven't already) and vote at the same time will continue 8 AM - 7:30 PM each day through Friday, then from 8 AM - 3 PM Saturday (Oct. 31st).  If you haven't previously registered, you won't be able to vote on Election Day next Tuesday (Nov. 3rd), but you can register and vote this week.  You can vote at ANY of the Early Voting locations--the Board of Elections Office on Salem Church Road, the East Lincoln Community Center on Optimist Club Road, the West Lincoln Branch Library on Westwinds Road just off Shoal Road near West Lincoln Middle School, or the William Lentz Gym at Betty Ross Park on S. Madison Street.  


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