Rep. Meadows moves on to November, Palmer to remain sheriff

Election 2018, News

MURPHY, N.C. – Tuesday’s primary election yielded two tight local races and decided several other local races with no Democratic opposition moving into the November general election, according to unofficial results from the county Board of Elections.

Nationally, incumbent Mark Meadows won in a landslide over challenger Chuck Archerd both at the county level and district-wide in the Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11. In Cherokee County, Meadows took 3,221 votes for 88.17 percent compared to Archerd’s 432 for 11.83 percent. Across the 16-county district, Meadows took 86.35 percent of the votes for a total of 35,438 votes while Archerd took 13.65 percent for 5,600 votes.

In the Democratic primary U.S. House District 11, Phillip G. Price edged out candidates Steve Woodsmall and D. Scott Donaldson. Within the district, Price garnered 13,403 votes for 40.58 percent while Woodsmall and Donaldson took 10,286 votes (31.14 percent) and 9,342 votes (28.29 percent), respectively. In Cherokee County, Price won with 204 votes (39.84 percent) compared to Woodsmall’s 162 (31.64 percent) and Donaldson’s 146 (28.52 percent). Price will go on to face Meadows in the November general.

With no Democratic opposition coming in the fall election, the sheriff’s race was decided last night as Republican incumbent Derrick Palmer defeated challenger Dan Sherrill. Sheriff Palmer received 2,732 votes for 71.50 percent while Sherrill picked up 1,089 votes for 28.50 percent.

The two closest races of the night were both for Cherokee County Board of Commissioners seats. Republican incumbent Dr. Dan Eichenbaum narrowly defeated Winfield Clonts by 40 votes for the Board of Commissioners District 4 primary. Commission Chairman Eichenbaum took a total of 1,919 votes for 50.53 percent while Clonts received 1,879 for 49.47 percent. No Democrat qualified to run the November election; therefore, Eichenbaum will retain his seat on the Board of Commissioners.

Another close commissioners race was for the District 1 seat. Republican incumbent Cal Stiles edged out challenger Tim West 1,938-1,863 (50.99 percent to 49.01 percent). Stiles will face Democrat challenger Gary James, who ran unopposed in the primary, in November’s general election.

The District 3 Board of Commissioners seat was also on the ballot last night as Republican incumbent Gary “Hippie” Westmoreland faced challenger Corey V. Bailey. Westmoreland won with 2,686 votes for 72.52 percent while Bailey took 1,018 votes for 27.48 percent. Westmoreland will also retain his seat on the board as there is no Democratic opposition in November.

Four seats on the Cherokee County Board of Education were also on the primary ballot. An At-large race featuring Republican candidates Keesha Curtis and Tylor J. Dockery saw Curtis win with 1,707 votes (51.59 percent) to Dockery’s 1,602 (48.41 percent). Curtis will face Democrat incumbent Tim Coffey, who ran unopposed in the primary, in the general election for the At-large seat on the board.

The District 3 Board of Education Republican primary saw three candidates vying for two seats from the district. In this race, the top two candidates received seats on the board. Overall, Joe Wood received the most votes with 2,481 and 42.47 percent while Mark Patterson took second with 1,767 votes and 30.25 percent. Incumbent Paul H. Brown lost his re-election bid as he finished with 1,594 votes and 27.29 percent. No Democrats qualified to run in the November general election; therefore, Wood and Patterson will assume seats on the Board of Education.

Rounding out the Board of Education races, Jeff Martin defeated Jeannie Gaddis in the Republican primary 2,397-1,175 (67.11 percent to 32.89 percent) in the District 2 race. Martin has no Democratic opponent in the general election and will take the District 2 seat on the board.

Overall, for the county, 4,391 out of 22,959 potential ballots were cast for a voter turnout of 19.13 percent.

 

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Board of Elections preparing for May primary

Election 2018, News

MURPHY, N.C. – At their monthly meeting Wednesday, March 7, the Board of Elections discussed a number of items in preparation for the May 8 primary election in Cherokee County.

Director of Elections Leighsa Jones presented the board with the option of moving the polling center in the Marble precinct from the Marble Community Center to the Marble campus of Tri-County Community College (TCCC). Jones explained that to use the TCCC location, the Board of Elections would need to submit an application to the college, and typically, the college charges an event rental fee for use of the facility. However, Jones added those fees would likely be waived by the college. To this, board Chairman Eddie Adams stated by law, the college must waive any fees.

After board member Gary Kilpatrick inquired of the number of anticipated voters for May primary in the Marble precinct, Jones stated the presidential general election of 2016 saw around 500 voters, and she expected between 350 to 400 for the upcoming primary.

“I need to get (the application) submitted … as soon as possible because we do have to make any changes at least 45 days prior (to the primary) because we have to notify each voter in writing if we’re going to do that,” Jones explained.

The board approved the application and for Jones to submit the application to Judy Owenby, assistant to the president of TCCC.

Testing and training was also discussed during the meeting. Jones stated the Board of Elections office was still waiting to receive ballot proofs from the state to approve. After this, she said the office could begin coding and testing machines.

“We have to be partially, if not fully, tested before we start training because got to have some machines that are set up and ready for training,” Jones said, adding the mock election is April 5.

The board tentatively set six training days for its precinct officials: April 2 through 5 and April 16 and 17.

Also discussed and approved were the number of officials for each precinct at five. Jones told the board she felt the primary, on the county level, will likely be heavier in turn out during the primary election rather than the November general. “What you can figure is most of the elections will be decided in the primary,” Jones said but stated she was still comfortable with five officials at each precinct.

Hours for early voting were also approved and set by the board for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Early voting begins Thursday, April 19, and ends Saturday, May 5, at the Board of Elections office in the courthouse annex at 40 Peachtree Street in Murphy.

Also, Jones informed the board there are currently two petitions in the works for Steve Coleman and Allen Denny to be added to the general election ballot for the at-large post on the Board of Education. According to Jones, the prospective candidates must receive 4 percent of registered voters countywide, which equates to approximately 1,000 voters, to be added to the ballot. The deadline for the petitions, Jones said, was the day of the primary election (May 8).

Coleman and Denny would join Democrat incumbent Tim Coffey and Republican candidates Tylor Dockery and Keesha Curtis on the general election ballot for the at-large school board seat.

Voter registration deadlines for the May primary and the November general elections are April 13 and October 12, respectively.

 

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