In Catawba County, Greg Cranford, a semi-retired educator from Newton filed to oppose Mitchell Setzer for the District 89 NC House seat. Setzer is a Republican; Cranford, a Democrat.
In Gaston County Altriese Price filed to oppose Kathy Harrington for the NC Senate District 43 seat Harrington now holds. Price is a Democrat; Harrington, a Republican.
Mitchell Bridges of Belmont became the first Libertarian candidate to file--also for the District 43 NC Senate seat.
Daniel Caudill filed as a Democratic opponent to GOP Commissioner Tracy Philbeck for the Dallas Township seat on the County Commission.
Jennifer Graham from Mt. Holly filed as a Democratic opponent for Riverbend Township Commissioner Chad Brown, a Republican.
No new candidates filed in Cleveland County.
It's likely there'll be a few more candidates filing Wednesday morning. The deadline for filing is noon. Attorney Greg Smith confirmed early Wednesday that he will file as a GOP candidate for Clerk of Court. That makes for a three candidate primary--the other two candidates are incumbent Fred Hatley and Heather Hester Job. Bishop Franklin Lowery has filed as the only Democratic candidate so far.
By the way, it's too late for anybody who has filed to drop out and get their name taken off the ballot. The deadline for that was last Friday--so anyone who has filed, even if they decide to withdraw, will still be listed on the ballot May 8th.
As we reported earlier, the East Lincoln Betterment Association will again hold its candidate forum--but this year, it has been split into 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.
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.
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