2017 Local candidates open election season

You are much more likely to run into your town’s mayor at your local grocery store than President Trump. Local officials influence your quality of life more than the president. How so?

  • Local officials have much more control over determining your community priorities and directions.
  • If a pothole develops on your road, you can call your town hall to get it fixed.
  • When a traffic accident happens in town, an officer of the local police or fire department will probably be the first responder on the scene.
  • Parents put their kids on the school bus in the morning so they can go to the local public school.

This year’s election is not a presidential one so many people don’t think it is important to vote. However hen you vote, you are hiring someone to work for the benefit of our residents.

Here are five reasons local elections are more important than you think:

1. Money – If you own a home, a business, vehicle or other property you are a taxpayer. Your many will be spent whether you vote or not. However, your voice can be heard when you vote.

2. Education – The school system touches nearly every citizens-  taxpayers, parents, employees, or students. Yet every community is different, confronting unique opportunities and challenges. Policy decisions made change entire lives.

3. Public Safety – The employees of the local police force wield wider legal powers than for most citizens. The police play an important and valuable role in preserving public order and ensuring safety. Oversight of the police force is a major responsibility of local officials.

4. Roads & Sidewalks — On the rare occasion that we have accumulated snow, it is so comforting to hear the sound of the town scraping the roads. And with more emphasis onhealth, repaired and new trails and sidewalks provide a pleasant walk.

5. Information

Though citizens interact with local government for everything from dog licenses to marriage licenses, it can often be most challenging to get information about local government. Electing local officials committed to communicating with citizens is the most effective way of knowing what is going on in town and holding local government accountable.

Finally, you owe it to your friends and neighbors who serve on local governments and boards. Campaigning is costly-both in time and money. Most elected officials in local government receive only a small stipend for their services. They make time to hear your problems and complaints. Don’t you think you can spend 15 minutes to vote?

The Secretary of the State has a voter registration lookup on their website to find your polling place.  Be sure to check with the registrar of voters if you have any questions about your eligibility to vote or if you need additional assistance.


Friday- July 07,2017 12 PM- Candidate Filing Begins
Tuesday- July 18, 2017 5 PM- Deadline to withdraw notice of candidacy
Friday- July 21, 2017 12 PM- Candidate Filing Ends
Friday- Sept. 22, 2017 5 PM -Deadline to submit petition signatures to CBE for unaffiliated candidate in partisan municipal
Friday- Oct. 06, 2017- Begin mailing Absentee by Mail
Friday- Oct. 13, 2017 5 PM- Voter Registration Deadline for Municipal Election
Thursday- Oct. 19, 2017 8:30 AM- Absentee One-stop Voting Begins
Tuesday- Oct. 31, 2017 5 PM- Last day to request an absentee ballot by mail
Saturday- Nov. 04, 2017 1 PM- Absentee One-stop Voting Ends
Tuesday- Nov. 07, 2017 6:30 AM- ELECTION DAY
Tuesday- Nov. 07, 2017 5 PM- Deadline to return Absentee by mail – must be postmarked by this date
Friday- Nov. 17, 2017 11 AM- County Canvass

Local Candidates  2017


Town of Bostic Mayor

Mitch Harrill, 177 S. Main St.,Bostic, NC 28018


Town of Bostic Commissioner

Michael Hollifield, 231 S. Main St., Bostic, NC 28018


Billy Lattimore, 150 Lattimore St., Bostic, NC 28018


Village of Chimney Rock Councilman

Bruce Godzik, 435 Main St., Chimney Rock, NC 28720

April Sottile, 371 Main St., Chimney Rock, NC 28720


Town of Ellenboro Alderman

Lee Allen, 247 Webb Church Rd., Ellenboro, NC 28040

Allan (Bunt) Black, 265 S. Glenn St., Ellenboro, NC 28040

Liz Blanton, 211 Autumn Circle, Ellenboro, NC 28040

Michael G. Jennings, 204 N. Glenn St., Ellenboro, NC 28040

Pamela L. Padgett, 384 Piney Mtn. Church Rd., Ellenboro, NC 28040


Town of Forest City Mayor

Steve Holland, 259 Countrywood Dr., Forest City, NC 28043


Town of Forest City Commissioner

David Eaker, 260 McCall Dr., Forest City, NC 28043

Kisha McDowell, 420 Old Wagy Rd.,Forest City, NC 28043

Shawn Moore, 303 Elizabeth Ave., Forest City, NC 28043

Thomas Walker, 126 Carolina Ave., Forest City, NC 28043


Town of Lake Lure Mayor

Kevin Cooley, 135 Downing Place, Lake Lure, NC 28746


Town of Lake Lure Commissioner

Jonathan Crawford, 2220 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746

John E. Kilby, 164 Neighborly Dr., Lake Lure, NC 28746

Esther Bruce Lusk, 217 Sunset Cove, Lake Lure, NC 28746

John W. Moore, 123 Firefly Point, Lake Lure, NC 28746

Melvin Owensby, 1808 Memorial Hwy., Lake Lure, NC 28746


Town of Ruth Mayor

Chris Adkins, 151 Hannah Dr., Rutherfordton, NC 28139


Town of Ruth Commissioner

Eddie Bennett, 281 Shady Woods Ln. , Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Nicholas Goode, 108 Northview Dorsey St., Rutherfordton, NC 28139


Town of Rutherfordton Mayor

Jimmy Dancy, 236 Grayson Dr., Rutherfordton, NC 28139


Town of Rutherfordton Councilman

Stephanie Beaumont, 278 N. Washington St., Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Terry D. Cobb, 123 Dogwood Ln., Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Stanley Lennon (Stan) Clements, 365 S. Ridgecrest St., Rutherfordton, NC 28139


Town of Spindale Mayor

Mickey Bland, 298 Deviney St., Spindale, NC 28160

Thomas Ralph Lawrence, 135 Cardinal Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139


Town of Spindale Commissioner

Robin K. Ensley, 762 Spindale St., Spindale, NC 28160

Rosaleen M. Francis, 190 E. Miller St., Spindale, NC 28160

Tom Roberson, 132 Rutherford St., Spindale, NC 28160


Last Update: July 21, 2017   12:04 pm