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2/28/2018 8:52:00 AM
Election Update (Corrected)
Nic Haag filed to oppose Jason Saine for the NC House seat Saine now holds.  The two will face off in the May 8th GOP Primary.(Lincoln Herald File Photo From 2016 Campaign)
Nic Haag filed to oppose Jason Saine for the NC House seat Saine now holds.  The two will face off in the May 8th GOP Primary.

(Lincoln Herald File Photo From 2016 Campaign)

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

We stand corrected.  We checked the NC Board of Elections website list of candidates late Tuesday night and had reported that no new candidates had filed Tuesday in Lincoln County.  

Nic Haag, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the NC Senate against Dr. David Curtis two years ago, filed Tuesday to oppose Jason Saine for the NC House seat Saine now holds.  Haag had been registered as a Libertarian two years ago when he ran against Curtis, but he switched his registration to Republican.  Haag becomes the only opponent so far for Saine for the NC House District 97 seat that represents Lincoln County.  By the way, the NC Board of Elections had updated its website info early Wednesday morning.

Add another name to the Primary ballot for US Congress from North Carolina's 10th District. Patrick McHenry now faces challenges for the GOP nomination from five other Republicans. Albert Lee Wiley, Jr., who also ran in 2016, filed Tuesday (Feb. 27th). He is from Forest City.

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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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