• 64°

Editorial: Good night for incumbents

Primary winners

Mike Caskey

Mike Caskey

Craig Pierce

Craig Pierce

Harry Warren

Harry Warren

Rowan County is Trump country, judging by Tuesday night’s Republican primary results. Though Ted Cruz was not far behind, brash billionaire Donald Trump has won the allegiance of at least  9,300 Rowan voters.

On the Democratic side of the presidential race, Hillary Clinton ran considerably stronger than Bernie Sanders here, continuing her string of Southern victories.

More pivotal to Rowan residents were the GOP primary victories of Mike Caskey and Craig Pierce as they seek re-election to the county commission. Johnny Love put on a strong challenge to the incumbents, calling for a more positive tone. This was clearly a reference to Pierce. Caskey is a man of few words who sticks to the high road; that’s probably why he got more votes even than Trump, 11,080. Pierce, on the other hand,  has spoken out against at least one economic development proposal and has a caustic way with words. Rowan voters appreciate people who “tell it like it is,” though. And Pierce has gotten things done — at the animal shelter, the airport and, if all works out, with county water and sewer. Even with Pierce’s volatility, the county commission appears to be operating smoothly under the leadership of Chairman Greg Edds.

Despite Andrew Poston’s best efforts, the Republican primary between him and N.C. Rep. Harry Warren was never much of a contest. Warren walked away with more than 71 percent of the vote. Political ambition is admirable, but it’s not enough to defeat an incumbent legislator who is in the good graces of the party in power. Poston would do well to get more experience at work and community leadership before running again. Warren was a relative unknown when he challenged Democratic incumbent Lorene Coates in 2010, but he had management experience, and he stepped up when the political tide was turning in his party’s favor. Warren won by fewer than 200 votes that year, but he easily won re-election in 2012 and does not have an opponent in the general election.

The passage of the state’s $2 billion bond is good news for Rowan, with more than $7 million set aside for projects at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the potential of help with infrastructure improvements.

Stay tuned for another primary in June for the state’s seats in Congress, and then it’s on to the November election.

Comments

News

Catawba College hosts three in-person commencement ceremonies

Local

With high case loads causing numerous staff departures, Child Protective Services seeks more positions

Education

Livingstone College graduates celebrate ‘crossing the finish line’ during commencement celebration

Coronavirus

Rowan sees 4 new COVID-19 deaths as mask mandate lifted, vaccines administered continue decline

Local

Spencer is latest town updating its development ordinance

Local

Salisbury native Kristy Woodson Harvey makes NY Times bestseller list

Local

Board of Commissioners will convene for third time in May

Business

Biz Roundup: Salisbury, Kannapolis among recipients of Region of Excellence Awards

Local

Cheerleading team competes at Disney

Education

Salisbury High to celebrate football, swimming champions with parade

High School

High school girls soccer: Isley, Webb lead all-county team

Local

Spencer awarded $10,000 to develop trails at Stanback Forest

Books

‘Tails and Tales’ coming to library this summer

Local

Public Records: March Deeds

Entertainment

Salisbury Symphony’s ‘Return to the Concert Hall’ available May 24-31

Coronavirus

Salisbury teen becomes one of first in age group to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Business

Down Goat: Local farm and creamery poised to add goat yoga, artisan goat cheese to offerings

Local

Pandemic’s impact, uncertainty of transit funding prompt request to eliminate Rowan Express service

Lifestyle

New Waterworks’ exhibit opens June 1

High School

High school football: Walsh accepts the South football challenge

Lifestyle

Price of Freedom Museum gets donated landscape project

Lifestyle

Rowan Museum will have Upscale Yard Sale Saturday

Business

Seventh dragon boat festival set for July 24; deadline for sponsorships is May 28

Nation/World

‘Shocking and horrifying’: Israel destroys AP office in Gaza