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Political notebook – Beverly Perdue to visit Rowan County Oct. 28

After rarely being seen in Rowan County in eight years as lieutenant governor, Beverly Perdue plans to make her second visit in a little more than a month to Rowan County on Oct. 28.
The Democratic nominee for governor remains in a close race with Republican nominee and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.
Perdue expects to arrive at 3 p.m. on Oct. 28, a Tuesday, at Rowan County Democratic Party headquarters, 121 E. Innes St. The public is invited to meet Perdue and other candidates.
At 2:30 p.m., Teresa Sue Bratton, a Democrat running against incumbent Howard Coble for the 6th Congressional District, and Bill Burnett, the Democrat opposing incumbent Andrew Brock for N.C. Senate, are scheduled to be at the headquarters. Purdue will arrive at 3 p.m., and Lorene Coates, the Democrat seeking re-election to the N.C. House will introduce her. Republican Dr. Ada Fisher is challenging Coates in House District 77.
Teachers’ group makes endorsements
The Rowan-Salisbury Association of Educators has endorsed candidates for the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education and the Rowan County Board of Commissioners.
According to President Sarah Drinkard, the local educators’ group has endorsed Linda Freeze and Dr. James Emerson for the school board. School Board elections are nonpartisan.
For the Board of Commissioners, the group has endorsed Democrat Raymond Coltrain and Republican Carl Ford.
Hefner VA supports voter registration
Officials at the Hefner VA Medical Center report they “provided voter registration information to over 75 people this campaign season.”
“Helping our veteran-patients register and vote has always been important at Hefner VA Medical Center,” Nancy Brown-Perry, chief of Voluntary Services, said in a press release.
Nationwide, the 153 medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), aided by 750 volunteers, provided voter registration information to more than 6,000 veterans, put more than 6,000 informational posters in place throughout VA facilities and distributed about 166,000 flyers to patients.
Local voter registration was accomplished through Voluntary Services and local volunteers/community voter registration personnel at the Hefner VA, according to public affairs officer Carol Waters.
Informational guidelines were distributed to Hefner’s outpatient clinics, inpatient residents and outpatient veterans. Volunteers assisted any resident needing guidelines for registering, Waters said.

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