Jason Saine will seek another term in the NC House.
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
There are now three candidates for the GOP nomination for the NC Senate seat currently held by Dr. David Curtis. Curtis filed at the local elections office this week joining former Shelby mayor Ted Alexander and Lincoln County Commissioner Martin Oakes (who filed Thursday) as Republican candidates for the post. So far, no Democrat has expressed an interest in filing for that race.
Oakes said he decided to run for the NC Senate instead of running for re-election to the County Commission because he believes he can serve the people better in that position.
"I believe I bring a unique skill set to the job: 30 years selling high-tech computer systems taught me how to round up votes; 15 years building business computer models taught me how to tear apart financial reports to discover the underlying truth; and computer programming skills taught me how to find potential flaws in logic and syntax -- which applies to statutes.
"I'm also fully retired and can devote all my time (excepting kid-sitting my five granddaughters) to this full time job with part time pay."
On Thursday, former Lincoln County Republican Party Chairman Jon Propst, who is a Lieutenant at the Sheriff's Office, filed for Sheriff. He joins other GOP candidates Bill Beam and Tim Johnson in that race. Former Lincolnton Police detective Jason Munday is expected to file Friday.
The GOP race for Clerk of Court is now contested as Heather Hester Job, daughter of Register of Deeds Danny Hester, filed to oppose Fred Hatley, who is seeking his 5th term in that office. Job previously worked in the Clerk of Court's office. She lives in Iron Station.
A primary race for County Commissioner is also certain. Milton Sigmon, who serves on the County Planning Board, filed as did George Mull from far northwestern Lincoln County and Christine Poinsette, former chair of the Planning Board. Raye Watson-Smyth is planning to file Monday, bringing the number of candidates to four for the two seats up for election this year.
Jason Saine is expected to file Friday for the seat he currently holds in the NC House.
On Tuesday, the Lincoln County Board of Education passed a resolution endorsing the quarter-cent local option sales tax. Lincoln and Gaston counties both have that issue on the ballot for the May 8th primary. Both counties intend to use the money for schools. Gaston County voters will also be asked to approve $250 million in school bonds. Lincoln County wants to use the sales tax money to fund improved technology for the schools, classroom supplies and new teaching positions.
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