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4/11/2022 7:11:00 AM
Meet the Candidates Events Begin Monday Night
ELBA sessions Monday & Wednesday at Unity Presbyterian Church

Wayne Howard

The May 17th Primary Election is actually already underway. Those who want to vote absentee by mail can request an absentee ballot from the elections office in their county and vote now. Their ballots won't be included in any count of votes until the night of the election along with those from early voting (technically also considered absentee) and votes from election day.

Early voting will begin on Thursday April 28th and will continue through the Saturday before Primary Election day (Saturday May 14th); Primary Election day will be May 17th.

Who's running?

Those candidates who have one or more opponents from their own party will be involved in the Primary Election. Those races in Lincoln County include:

US Senate
US House of Representatives District 10
NC Supreme Court Associate Judge Seat 5
NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 9
NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 11
County Commissioner (2 seats)
Board of Education At-Large
Board of Education District 2
Board of Education District 5

US Senate
US House of Representatives District 10
Board of Education At-Large

If you are registered to vote, you can vote in your own party's Primary. If you are registered 'unaffiliated,' you can vote in whichever Primary you choose. If you are not already registered, you have until Friday April 22nd to register to vote on May 17th. You can, however, register and vote at the same time during early voting.

To acquaint voters with the candidates so they can make more informed choices, the East Lincoln Betterment Association (ELBA) is hosting two Meet the Candidates events. The first of those is Monday night (April 11th) at Unity Presbyterian Church (8210 Unity Church Road) in Denver. Doors will open at 6 PM and the question and answer session will begin at 6:30. Monday night's event will be with the candidates for Lincoln County Commissioner and Sheriff.

The second ELBA event will be Wednesday (April 13th) [also at 6:30 PM] and will include the candidates for Lincoln County Board of Education.

On Monday April 25th, the Lincoln Herald will do two sets of interviews similar in format to the Presidential debates you have probably watched. Our reporter will ask questions of the candidates for Sheriff; then in a second session, of candidates for the Board of Education. We'll have the candidates sit at a table and answer questions; they'll also have the opportunity to respond to what the other candidates have said.

These 'debates' will be at the Lincoln Cultural Center--but not in the auditorium. We won't have an audience for them--just our reporter, a camera operator who will record the sessions, and the candidates. The videos from these sessions will be uploaded to articles on our website and to YouTube.

Our Monday April 25th sessions will include candidates for Sheriff followed by a second session with candidates for the Lincoln County Board of Education. candidates at 7:30. On Tuesday April 26th, a session with County Commissioner candidates will be held and recorded.

We want to make sure that any questions the public would like to have answered by the candidates is included. We are asking readers to send us questions they'd like to have asked. Email your questions to

Our reporter will be at the two ELBA events this week and if you have questions you'd like to provide us there (in writing), we'll be glad to ask the candidates to answer them at our sessions next week.

We will, of course, be publishing articles about the ELBA events this week.

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