Candidates set in Cherokee primary election

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MURPHY, N.C. – With the qualifying period for potential candidates ending last Wednesday, Feb. 28, the ballot for the upcoming primary election in Cherokee County May 8, 2018, looks much clearer.

Locally, several posts will be on the ballot in the primary. Among those is Cherokee County Sheriff, which will feature incumbent Sheriff Derrick Palmer against fellow Republican Dan Sherrill.

Three districts on the Board of Commissioners will be on the ballot. The District 1 race will see Republican incumbent Cal Stiles along with Republican Tim West. Additionally, on the Democratic ballot, Gary R. James will run unopposed.

In District 3, incumbent Vice Chairman Gary (Hippie) Westmoreland and Corey V. Bailey will be featured on the Republican ballot.

District 4 will see current Board of Education (BOE) member Winfield L. Clonts challenge incumbent Chairman Dan Eichenbaum on the Republican ballot.

On the Board of Education, one seat in District 2, two seats in District 3, and one at-large seat will all be on the ballot in May. In District 2, Republicans Jeff Martin and Jeannie Gaddis will appear on the ballot.

Incumbent BOE Chairman Paul H. Brown will be opposed by fellow Republicans Mark Patterson and Joe Wood for two seats in the District 3 race.

Democrat incumbent Tim Coffey will run for the at-large seat on the BOE while Tylor J. Dockery and Keesha Curtis are running on the Republican ballot for the at-large seat.

Other local offices on the ballot will feature Republican Ashley H. Welch running unopposed in the primary for District Attorney of District 43, Republican Roger Gibson running unopposed for Clerk of Superior Court and Republican Daphne Dockery running unopposed for Register of Deeds.

On the state level, incumbent Jim Davis will run unopposed on the Republican ballot while Bobby Kuppers is unopposed for the Democrats in the state Senate District 50 primary.

In District 120 of the state House of Representatives, both Republican incumbent Kevin Corbin and Democratic challenger Aaron Martin will run unopposed in the May primary.

Federally, the U.S. House of Representatives District 11 race will see Chuck Archerd challenge incumbent Mark Meadows on the Republican ballot while Phillip G. Price, Steve Woodsmall and D. Scott Donaldson will square off on the Democratic ballot and Clifton B. Ingram will run unopposed on the Libertarian ballot.


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Jason Beck

Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

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